LASD Uses LoJack to Recover Stolen Ford E350, with Other Stolen Vehicles, Suspect Arrested

  • March 27, 2013
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On February 13, 2013, the owner of a 2005 Ford E350 contacted the Fontana Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from the street in Fontana.

The Fontana 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 Ford.

A short while later, deputies from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Ford on the Police Tracking Computer installed in their patrol vehicle. The deputies tracked the signal to a vacant, fenced-in yard in the 400 block of Compton Boulevard. They observed the stolen Ford parked in the yard, along with several dismantled vehicles. Their investigation revealed a suspect hiding in a trailer parked in the yard. He claimed that someone had brought the vehicles to him to store. The suspect was covered in grease and it appeared that he had been working on the vehicles. They located another LAPD Harbor Division stolen 2004 Chevrolet Silverado truck, which had been dismantled. They also located pictures of the suspect posing with both stolen vehicles. The suspect was arrested for Receiving Stolen Property. Both vehicles were recovered and impounded. Century Detectives are conducting the follow-up investigation.

The stolen Ford is valued at $15,550 and the Chevrolet is valued at $16,500.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Ford E350 on April 2005 at Claremont Ford in Claremont, California.