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The L.A. County Fencing Team is working on a solution to stop the stolen cars from being stolen

The L.A. County Fencing Team is working on a solution to stop the stolen cars from being stolen

Fencing rings that netted $18 million in L.A. railroad thefts are taken down, authorities say

A fencing team in northern California is working on a solution to stop a spate of high-profile rail thefts in Los Angeles.

The thefts, which netted rail companies more than $18 million over the past few years, have caused public outrage over the frequency of rail crime in L.A.’s urban core.

For years, crime bosses such as Robert Paulson and James Lassen stole cars with license plates from trains. Then they stashed the cars and equipment in abandoned rail yards, where thieves would cut the tracks with chain saws and open up tunnels.

A fencing team in northern California is working on a solution to a spate of high-profile rail thefts in Los Angeles. Photo: Getty Images/AFP/iStockphoto

And while rail theft is a complex problem that stretches across the country, including across California, it’s gotten more complex since the L.A. train car thefts.

Lassen, of the L.A. County Fencing Team, said the fencing team started investigating the rail car thefts, and while he doesn’t know how much the fencing team is getting paid, its members aren’t making any money, and their goal is to get rid of the stolen cars.

“If we can stop those cars from being stolen, then we’re doing something right,” Lassen said. “If we can stop them, I think we are making some money.”

The fencing team’s members are trying to find an ingenious method to stop the cars — which they said are parked in abandoned rail yards — from being stolen.

“The cars are located in different yards. They’re all different,” Lassen said. “We have a process, a process to find where they are, see what’s behind them, go into the yard and secure them, then move them elsewhere.”

Lassen said the fencing team — which has a crew of seven people, who split the $500 to $1,000/hour depending on skill level — has looked into different methods of securing the cars, including chainsaws

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