LoJack Helps LASD Air & Ground Units Recover Stolen Chevy Trailblazer, Arrest One for Theft

  • October 23, 2012
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On October 2, 2012, the owner of a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer contacted the Los Angeles Police Department to report that his vehicle had been stolen.

LAPD officers verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Chevrolet.

Minutes later, units from the LASD Industry Station picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Chevrolet. The officers requested that air support respond; LASD Air-24 did so, and quickly located the moving vehicle, occupied by a female driver and male passenger.

Air 24 radioed the Chevrolet’s direction of travel to ground units, and as the vehicle reached Amar Road and Puente, one of the ground units conducted a felony traffic stop, taking both individuals into custody.  Upon questioning, the female driver reported that she saw several individuals pushing the Chevrolet; she jumped in, saw the key in the ignition, and just decided to drive away with the car. The male subject indicated that he had just been picked up in the car and was not aware that it was stolen. Deputies arrested and booked the driver for Grand Theft Auto. The vehicle, valued at $10,000, recovered, stored for safe keeping and later released to its owner. 

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Chevrolet Trailblazer on November 12, 2005 at Maurice J SOPP Chevrolet-Geo.