LAPD Officers Recover Stolen BMW 325 With Two Suspects Inside, One Arrested

  • June 26, 2012
  • recovery stories

On the morning of May 26, 2012, the owner of a 2005 BMW 325 contacted the Los Angeles Police Department’s Rampart Division to report the vehicle stolen. After verifying the theft, LAPD officers had the BMW’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers, which activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.

A short time later, LAPD flight officers flying helicopter Air-18 began to receive the BMW’s silent LoJack signal on the LoJack Police Tracking Computers installed in their police vehicles. Following the directional and audible signal on the LoJack Trackers, the flight crew tracked the BMW to an industrial area on McKinley Street, just south of Gage Avenue in the Newton Division area. Ground units responded to the location and while there,  observed two male adult suspects drive the vehicle out of the parking area and proceed south on Mc Kinley. When sufficient back-up units arrived, officers conducted a felony vehicle stop at San Pedro Street and Florence Avenue, and both suspects were taken into custody without incident. The driver was arrested for Grand Theft Auto and the passenger was questioned and released. The undamaged vehicle was then towed and stored.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the BMW in Colorado in October of 2007.