When a Yamaha YZF-R6S was stolen on a recent Saturday in Los Angeles, CA, the thieves tried to avoid detection by hiding the bike under a tarp. If the search for the stolen motorcycle had been simply visual, this tactic may have worked. However, this particular machine had been protected by the LoJack® system when it was purchased, so local law enforcement received a homing signal allowing them to not only recover the bike that same day, but take two suspects into custody as well.
On July 5th, 2014, the Yamaha’s owners contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department-Santa Clarita Station to report that their motorcycle was stolen. Deputies verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers. The LoJack unit concealed in the YZF-R6S, which was installed at Honda of North Hollywood, CA, was then automatically activated.
A short while later, local flight officers picked up the silent homing signals from the stolen bike on the LoJack tracking computers installed in their air unit. The flight crew followed the signal to the area of Johanna Avenue and requested ground assistance. . Patrol units and detectives responded to the location and found the Yamaha in the yard of a private residence, where it was parked, unoccupied, and covered with a tarp. One suspect at the location was taken into custody. The YZF-R6S was retrieved and soon returned to its appreciative owners.
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