The owner of a 2014 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 in Los Angeles was entering the 105 freeway when he drove through a wet spot and laid his motorcycle down. The owner parked the bike on the shoulder of the freeway and walked off the on-ramp to call a tow company. Upon his return, the victim saw that his motorcycle had been stolen. The LoJack® system that he had installed when purchasing his Iron 883 not only helped police locate it that same day, but also assisted in the discovery of a suspected ‘chop shop’.
On April 26th, 2014, the Harley’s owner contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office in Century Station to report his motorcycle was stolen. Deputies verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Iron 883, which was installed at Bartels’ Harley-Davidson in Marina Del Rey, CA.
A short while later, a police flight crew picked up the silent signals from the stolen motorcycle with the LoJack tracking computer installed in their helicopter. LASD deputies joined in the search and located the Harley behind the locked wrought iron fence of two conjoining businesses. The LASD Taskforce for Regional Autotheft Prevention (TRAP) took over the investigation. In addition to the bike, the TRAP officers also found parts from other stolen vehicles, drugs and a handgun. Two suspects were taken into custody and more arrests are expected. The Iron 883 was retrieved and soon returned to its relieved owner.
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