San Bernardino Flight Officers Use LoJack to Recover Stolen Chevrolet Avanti, Parolee Arrested

  • September 13, 2012
  • recovery stories
On June 3, 2012, the owner of a 2006 Chevrolet Avanti contacted the San Bernardino City Police Department to report the vehicle stolen. San Bernardino Police verified the theft and entered the Chevrolet’s information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.

A short while later, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Chevrolet Avanti on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles, while sitting in the booking holding area of Central Jail. They were in the process of booking another suspect, who they had arrested in another LoJack-equipped stolen vehicle — a 2007 Land Rover. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the deputies tracked the Chevrolet to 8th Street and Arrowhead Avenue in the City of San Bernardino. Sheriff’s helicopter 40-KING responded and located the stolen Chevrolet in a church parking with a male adult suspect exiting the car. The responding deputy then took the suspect (a parolee for grand theft) into custody. He was arrested and booked for Auto Theft and Possession of Stolen Property. The undamaged vehicle was towed and stored.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the 2006 Chevy Avanti at Nissan of San Bernardino on March 10, 2009.