The owners of a 2008 Nissan Altima contacted the Hawthorne Police Department to report their vehicle was stolen. Hawthorne PD verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Nissan.
Minutes later deputies from LASD-Century station picked up the silent LoJack® homing signals from the stolen Nissan with the LoJack® Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. The patrol deputies requested the assistance from an LASD airship to assist in locating the vehicle. A short time later LASD Air-7 arrived overhead. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, Air-7 tracked the vehicle to an alley in the area of Avalon Boulevard and 111 Street. Air-7’s observer saw a male subject walking away from the vehicle. Patrol deputies detained the subject, whom was carrying a wooden box. The wooded box contained a GPS system, a stereo face, and misc. power cables. The deputies had the victim respond to the location. The victim identified the items in the box as his personal property.
Upon questioning the suspect claimed a gang member gave him the vehicle, but admitted to having knowledge the vehicle was stolen. The suspect was arrested for receiving stolen property.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Nissan Altima in February 2008.