LoJack Leads Police to Recover Stolen Nissan; 4 Arrested After Standoff, Including Murder Suspect

  • November 16, 2012
  • recovery stories

RiOn September 23, 2012, the owner of a 2004 Nissan 350 EX contacted the Riverside Sheriff’s Office San Jacinto Station to report that their vehicle was stolen. RSO San Jacinto Sheriff’s verified the theft and entered the Nissan’s information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.

A short while later, an off-duty officer with the Hemet Police Department, driving through the City of Beaumont, picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen Nissan on the Police Tracking Computer installed in his patrol vehicle. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computer, the officer began tracking the signal and also notified the Beaumont Police Department of the LoJack activation and his location. The stolen Nissan was located, occupied by four suspects. However, before responding officers could get in place, the driver pulled into a yard in the 900 block of Beaumont Avenue and all four suspects entered the residence.

Officers established a perimeter around the residence and requested a SWAT Team respond, as there was a history of weapons at the residence. After a four-hour standoff, and with the assistance of several addition police agencies, the suspects were taken into custody without further incident. The primary suspect was arrested for Auto Theft, Possession of a Controlled Substance and several other charges, including an Outstanding Murder Warrant. The other three suspects were also charged with being an Accessory to Auto Theft and additional charges.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Nissan 350 EX on August 16, 2004 at Empire Nissan in Ontario, California.