A dealership in Victorville, California, sold a 2015 Dodge Charger RT to two individuals who used false credit information for the purchase. Once the dealership realized the purchase was false, they contacted the individuals and requested the return of the Dodge. When the individuals refused, the owner of the dealership contacted the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department to report that their vehicle was stolen by Fraud.
Deputies verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Dodge Charger.
Within six (6) minutes from the activation, officers from the Fontana Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Dodge with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers, assisted by the San Bernardino SD Air Support 40 King, tracked the Dodge to a parking lot at Sierra Ave and Valley Blvd where they observed the car driving thru the parking lot. The officers noticed the Dodge then pulled into a parking space at that time they deployed on the vehicle taking the driver into custody without further incident.
Contact was made with a relative of the driver who responded to the location. Both that individual and the male driver were arrested and booked for vehicle theft by Fraud and an outstanding felony warrant for the driver. The two suspects were turned over to Victorville deputies. The dealership responded and recovered their undamaged Dodge.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Dodge Charger in January 2015 at Glendora Dodge in Glendora, California.