Thieves in a community in Puebla grabbed 30 tonnes of corn yesterday from a Ferrosur train, a common practice for many years on the outskirts of the state capital.
The freight train was passing through San Pablo Xochimehuacán when it was detained.
“They stole 30 tonnes of corn and, as always, the criminals stopped the train and opened [the cars],” said a witness, adding the whole exercise took place in front of municipal police.
When the railcars are opened the corn spills out on to the tracks, where it is loaded into sacks and carted away.
When Ferrosur officials tried to get the train moving again they were pelted with rocks, said one, which happens whenever the railway’s private security personnel attempt to approach.
The theft occurred just before the train was due to arrive at the Puebla station.
There have been numerous reports of such thefts in recent years. Corn, wheat, cattle feed, rebar and other goods have been stolen.
Source: Reforma (sp)