Stolen Suzuki Motorcycle Recovered 60+ Miles Away from Theft Location in NC, Suspect Arrested

  • July 27, 2012
  • recovery stories

On April 26, 2012, the parents of the owner of a 2007 Suzuki GSXR1000 contacted the Union County Sheriff’s Office to report that their son’s motorcycle was stolen from the family’s storage building outside the city limits of Monroe, North Carolina. The Union County Sheriff’s Office verified the theft and entered the motorcycle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Suzuki motorcycle.

Days later, an inspector from the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, License and Theft Bureau on routine investigative/patrol duty picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Suzuki on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computer, the inspector tracked the motorcycle to a residence off of Battley Dairy Road in Hamlet, North Carolina.

The motorcycle was located inside a wooden storage building behind the residence. The motorcycle’s VIN had been defaced so that the true identity was not known by the average person. The possessor of the stolen Suzuki stated he had purchased the motorcycle from an unnamed person at the Rockingham Drag and Speedway.  This recovery was approximately 60 miles from the theft location.  The suspect was arrested for the felony of possession of stolen property and a misdemeanor of possession of a vehicle with the VIN removed.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Suzuki GSXR1000 in June 2007 at the New England Cycle Center in Hartford, CT.