Recovery of Yamaha Motorcycle Leads to Recovery of 2nd Motorcycle, Van in Maryland

  • June 15, 2012
  • recovery stories

On the afternoon of May 1, 2012, the owner of a 2007 Yamaha YZF-R1 reported the motorcycle stolen from the Vintage Circle in the Glen Burnie area of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. A police officer from the Anne Arundel County Police Department responded to the scene, prepared a stolen vehicle report, and had the Yamaha’s information entered into the state and federal crime computer systems. This action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the motorcycle, prompting it to begin emitting a silent homing signal.

A short time later, patrol officers with the Bowie Police Department began receiving the motorcycle’s silent homing signal on the LoJack Police Tracking Computer installed in their patrol car. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the officers tracked the signal to a residential community in Bowie. After obtaining a search warrant, the officers located the motorcycle behind a residence, covered by a tarp. The officers also located a second motorcycle under the tarp – a 2007 Honda CBR 1000 – that had also been reported stolen that day from the Glen Burnie area of Anne Arundel County. The Honda motorcycle was not equipped with a LoJack system. At the scene, the officers also seized a van with fraudulent registration plates that was believed to have been used to transport the stolen motorcycles. Police have identified suspects in this case, and arrests are pending.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Yamaha YZF-R1 motorcycle at the new buyer’s request in March, 2007.