LAPD Officers Using LoJack Recover Cold-Plated Stolen GMC Yukon — One Arrested

  • June 29, 2012
  • recovery stories
On June 5, 2012, the owners of a 2005 GMC Yukon contacted the Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast Division to report that their vehicle was stolen from in front of their residence. LAPD officers verified the theft and entered the Yukon’s information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the SUV.

A short while later, LAPD’s Air 3 flight officers picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen GMC on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their air unit. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computer, the flight officers tracked the vehicle to the area of 82th Street and San Pedro Street. LAPD “Air 3” flight officers observed the suspect exit the vehicle and walk into a store.  Officers from LAPD-77th Street Division responded to the location and located the suspect. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

The vehicle had been cold-plated. The suspect used a screwdriver to force the ignition, and a key to start the vehicle. A follow-up investigation to the owner’s residence revealed that the suspect removed plates from another one of the owner’s vehicles to place on the stolen vehicle. The vehicle was recovered undamaged and impounded for safekeeping.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in this vehicle on in July of 2005 at Martin Buick, Pontiac, GMC, in the City of Scottsdale, AZ.