San Diego Air & Ground Units Use LoJack to Recover Stolen Chevrolet Truck, 2 Arrested

  • February 5, 2013
  • recovery stories

On January 9, 2013, the owners of a Chevrolet Extended Cab truck contacted the La Mesa Police Department to report the vehicle stolen.

La Mesa Police verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the truck.

Minutes later, San Diego Sheriff’s Air-Astrea flight deputies picked up the silent signal while flying a training mission.  They notified ground units from Santee Station that they had tracked and located the vehicle in a back yard of a residence in the 11700 block of Moreno Avenue in the city of Lakeside.  They watched as a male suspect exited a garage next to the vehicle and fled over a fence.  Apparently, when the suspect saw the ground deputies, he jumped back and ran into the residence.  Ground deputies arrested and charged the suspect with vehicle theft, along with another male for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

The Chevrolet truck was later released to the owner. This is the second time that the vehicle had been stolen and recovered, thanks to LoJack, in the last year.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Chevrolet Extended Cab on July 16, 1998 at Bob Stall Chevrolet.