This case involves a Chevrolet Impala stolen from its owners’ home in Los Angeles, CA, and recovered by police assisted by the LoJack® system installed in the car. Because the vehicle and the evidence were concealed in a private garage, it would have been a tough case to solve without help from LoJack.
On July 1st, 2014, the Chevy’s owners reported the theft to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department-Century Station. Deputies verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers. This automatically activated the LoJack unit concealed in the Impala, which was installed at George Chevrolet in Bellflower, CA.
Just two minutes later, LASD-Lancaster patrol deputies picked up the silent homing signals from the stolen car on the LoJack tracking computers installed in their patrol vehicles. The deputies were led to the garage of a private residence and requested backup from the Los Angeles County Taskforce for Regional Autotheft Prevention (TRAP). Inside the garage, they found the Chevy with a switched VIN and changed license plates. They also found another stolen car, several other VIN plates and tools used for VIN switching. One suspect was taken into custody. The Impala was retrieved and soon returned to its happy owner. The investigation is ongoing.
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