LAPD Air and Ground Units Using LoJack Recover Stolen BMW, Arrest Driver

  • July 22, 2012
  • recovery stories
On May 26, 2012, the owner of a 2005 BMW 321I contacted the Los Angeles Police Department to report his vehicle stolen from the street at his home in Los Angeles.  Los Angeles Police verified the theft and entered the vehicle’s information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the BMW.

A short while later, LAPD officers flying Air-18 picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen BMW on the LoJack Police Tracking Computers installed in their airship. Air-18 notified Newton Division ground units of the vehicle’s location. The officers observed the vehicle parked and unoccupied next to an auto body shop in the area of McKinley and Gage Avenues. The officers were preparing to watch the vehicle when they observed two suspects enter the vehicle and drive away. The officers conducted a high-risk traffic stop, taking both suspects into custody. Their investigation revealed that the driver had a BMW key that worked in the vehicle and claimed that he purchased the vehicle from a friend. The owner said that the vehicle was stolen from the street and he that had both sets of keys. The driver was arrested for Grand Theft Auto. The passenger was questioned and released. The BMW was recovered with no damage and is valued at $17,350.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the 2005 BMW 321I on October 18, 2007 at COS BMW in Loveland CO.