LoJack Helps CA Police Agencies Recover Stolen Yamaha Motorcycle, Uncover Possible Chop Shop

  • August 16, 2012
  • recovery stories

On July 16, 2012, the owner of a 2007 Yamaha YZF-R6 discovered that the motorcycle had been stolen, and quickly reported the theft to the California Highway Patrol. CHP officers verified the theft and had the vehicle’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Yamaha motorcycle.

Minutes later, officers from the Citrus Heights Police Department, the California Highway Patrol and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department including their air unit “Star 6”, began to receive the silent signal emitting from the stolen motorcycle on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the audible and signal strength cues on the LoJack computers, the officers tracked the motorcycle to a residence on Dominion Street near Elverta Boulevard. The officers made contact with the person at this residence and requested permission to search the closed garage. Inside, the officers discovered the stolen Yamaha, intact without any damage.

Also in the garage was a second Yamaha motorcycle that had been reported stolen to the Roseville Police Department on July 5, 2012. This motorcycle was stripped of all parts except the frame, engine and transmission. There were numerous other parts found in the garage and back yard.

The officers obtained suspect information, which they forwarded to investigators for follow up. A warrant will be issued for the suspect.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Yamaha motorcycle in January of 2007 at North County House of Motorcycles.