The dealership/owner of a 2013 Audi Q7 contacted Los Angeles County TRAP-West Team to report that their vehicle was stolen by means of a fraudulent application at the dealership located in Beverly Hills, CA.
TRAP conducted their investigation, verified the theft, and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Audi.
Officers from the Long Beach Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Audi on the police tracking computer installed in their police vehicle. They tracked the Audi to the Port of Long Beach. LBPD along with US Customs-CBP tracked the signal to a stack of containers, where the officers located the stolen 2013 Audi and a stolen 2013 BMW. Twenty-two (22) additional containers were identified, which had already been shipped out of the country. Those containers were ordered to be returned to the Port of Long Beach by US Customs. All twenty-two returned containers were searched, and the stolen vehicles were recovered. A total of 46 stolen vehicles (all newer high end) were recovered. All of the owners were dealerships from California and Nevada.
The suspects had placed GPS jammer disruptors on a number of the vehicles, which interfered with the manufactured GPS products, but not the LoJack® System.
This investigation is still on going.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Audi Q7 in November 2012.