Railroad PD Apologizes For Catching Thieves With Bait Truck After Viral Outrage

Police launched a sting operation to catch people stealing guns and ammunition.

Chicago, IL – The Norfolk Southern Railroad Police Department apologized Friday after they were recorded conducting a sting operation after guns and ammunition had been stolen recently from in-transit freight containers.

A freight truck was parked in several locations a few blocks from the rail yards in the area where the thefts had happened in hopes of luring the criminals back.

Three men were arrested and charged with burglary for breaking into the trucks during the sting, according to USA Today.

However, some community members claimed police were “baiting” young people who played basketball in the parks near the railway because the freight truck was loaded with Nike basketball shoes.

A video was posted on YouTube where angry community members accused police of using the truck to lure children from the nearby park.

"Freight theft specifically in this area has been increasing as the volume of rail traffic moving through the city of Chicago also increased," Norfolk Southern Railway Spokeswoman Susan Terpay said, according to USA Today. "This week’s police operation was intended to directly combat such unacceptable thefts.”

Terpay said the truck was never parked near a basketball court and was not left open so that the thieves wouldn't know was was in the trailers until after they broke in, according to USA Today.

Chicago police said that Terrell Melvin, 21, David King, 36, and Floyd Allen, 59, were initially charged with burglary after the truck’s trailer was broken into last week.

However, all charges were dropped Thursday after community outrage.

Some community members said the “bait” truck full of Nike shoes was left in a poor neighborhood and was an obvious attempt to target black youth.

"The police parked a truck with boxes of Nike shoes in front of kids, lifted up, and when people hop in the truck, the police hopping out on them " said Charles McKenzie in a video he posted on Facebook.

In another video a man swears at police officers as he approached them about the sting.

"Y'all dirty, man," the man yelled at police. "Y'all see kids playing ball and you pull a f----- Nike truck into the ghetto."

The railroad apologized on Friday for catching the thieves.

"Norfolk Southern recognizes that, despite the need to safeguard freight in the area, this operation eroded trust between law enforcement and the community," the statement read, in part. "We sincerely regret that our actions caused further unease, and we don't plan to use this method in the future."

You can see a viral video from one of the stings below:

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Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Like a bunch of jackals, preying on whatever is nearby to steal from. Chicago is a cesspool of slimy people who don't take responsibility for ANYTHING yet expect EVERYTHING and it's ALWAYS someone elses fault. Disgusting pond scum

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

What the fuck ever happened to ‘don’t steal’, don’t commit burglary? What’s next, they going to blame Walmart for their thievery because they had products on the shelves? Not to mention the three people arrested were NOT children. Useless feck’n humans!

AndyJ
AndyJ

Well, it is Crook County. Where the states attorney refuses to charge people (or folks) and the judges only slap them on the wrists if they do get charged.

angeleyes
angeleyes

"community members" aka family of thugs had a fit. But of course there are more of them having a fit then there are of us defending the actions of the officers, serves us right people. we can bitch and moan about how right the officers are in catching thugs in the act and then being let go, but we do nothing about it except bitch and moan. We cry about BLM and the other terrorist organizations, but they know how to make politicians pay attention and defer to them. We know too, but we don't do anything.

bdryden
bdryden

Why in the hell are you apologizing for catching criminals?

RetiredCaLe
RetiredCaLe

This is total BS. God forbid if the police arrest criminals. CPD provided the opportunity and some criminal thugs took advantage of the situation. Too much PC crap.

DocRyder
DocRyder

Really? Funny, my mother taught me not to steal. Their mothers curse the PoPo far catching them. Therein lies the difference in cultures, folks.

ExWaCop85-90
ExWaCop85-90

Way to fold, guys. They were kinda old to be called kids.

The express
The express

CPD WTF is wrong with you ? You got no balls? F it just park outside of the hoods and go in and pick up the bodies in the morning,and watch the same people cry?It's time for the President to come to your ghetto city and clean it up for the law abiding citizens.

Will0838
Will0838

Another example of the PC garbage shoved down our throats. Choices have consequences. If this continues we’re all sunk! SMH

Forsaken
Forsaken

I’d tell the community to eat a d**k. Makes the agency look guilty of wrongdoing apologizing for criminals being criminals.

Reb0907
Reb0907

Wow screw the criminals and i hope Chicago burns to the ground.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Can we re-enact the night that Chicago burns to the ground ? And CPD......where are your balls ?? Those were't "kids" that broke into that truck. Grow a set dammit !

gfc1963
gfc1963

These community leaders will soon be shouting twhen the stolen guns start killing thier people!! And for the police to drop the charges - no wonder criminals laugh at the law!!

readd96
readd96

Why would you apologize. You can’t bit I I also unls they are criminals!!!!!!!

readd96
readd96

Why would you apologize? You can’t bait criminals unless they are criminals!!! They still committed burglary!!!!!

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

Setting out a bait truck to catch children, how awful!!! Wait a minute ..... The persons apprehended were ages 21, 36, and 59? How old do you have to be before you become an adult in Chicago?

Grog
Grog

WTF?????? Why apologize for the thieve's criminal behavior? Those "community members" are making excuses and justifying the "young people's" criminal actions by sayig they were baited with Nikes. Well, YES THEY WERE! And they also made the conscious choice to commit the crime! It was their decision and theirs alone! And yet the police apologized. Our society is totally f**ked and Chicago is a cesspool of cockroaches!

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Seriously WTF - there's a damn TV show where they nice SUVs around Los Angeles with the damn keys in them, sometimes even with the door ajar, and watch people steal it. Other departments bait with bicycles left unlocked. Prostitute stings. Totally standard police work.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

In the future, bait cars will be filled only with items thieves don't want.

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JBo
JBo

Two things:

(1) Chicago

(2) Why is a law enforcement agency apologizing for arresting criminals?

Talk about eroding trust.

K9smatter
K9smatter

Absolutely ridiculous! A thief is a thief! They had NO business even going near that rail car, whether it was guns and ammunition, Nike's, or damn toilet paper! Don't steal! And since when are 21, 36, and 59 considered "kids"? 🤔😡

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

So what this community is indirectly saying is that they themselves cannot be responsible for their own illegal actions and activities,. How dare you all temp us so easily that we just cannot help ourselves from stealing. Dont you all know we cannot think for ourselves, that we do not know right from wrong, that we are not mature ,educated,law abiding individuals. How dare you as you all full well know its everyone else's fault ,not ours. How dare you that you dont realize that all of our poor behaviors,values,ethics,and morales, are due to you all being racist. Do you not all realize we are entitled? .....

.....Yes, how foolish of us.... and we are so sorry for you.

RPG156
RPG156

Just for the record, the community outrage is bassackwards and a police administrator that apologizes for legally enforcing the law should resign. Activists will always spin right into wrong and blame everyone but the criminal for the crime. Once the police take responsibility for what criminals do, the battle is lost. Society dies.

Boogers Allday
Boogers Allday

Next truck they set up, put a Nike symbol on it, and wire the back door with C4.