LoJack Leads LAPD to Stolen Acura, Discovery of Chop Shop — 4 Suspects Arrested

  • September 10, 2012
  • recovery stories

On July 25, 2012, the owners of an Acura Integra contacted the Los Angeles Police Department’s Southeast Division to report that their vehicle was stolen from the street in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Police Department verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Acura.

A short while later, LAPD officers from Southeast Division picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen Acura on the Police Tracking Computer installed in their patrol vehicle. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the officers tracked the signal to a residence located in the 100 block of East 101st Street. The vehicle was parked in the driveway unoccupied. The officer requested back-up units to assist and they set up a surveillance of the vehicle. A short time later, they observed two male suspects walk up to the stolen vehicle, open the doors and then two more male suspects walked up to the stolen vehicle. The suspects opened the hood and were looking at the engine. The officers quickly converged on the area, taking all four suspects into custody. The officers observed several other vehicles in the yard and recovered parts of the stolen Acura in three of the other vehicles. The four suspects were arrested for Operating a Chop Shop. This is the third time this vehicle has been stolen and recovered utilizing LoJack.

The vehicle, valued at $6,375, was recovered partially stripped.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the 1998 Acura Integra on September 4, 1998 at Downey Acura in Downey, California.