The owner of a 2000 Mercedes Benz contacted the Los Angeles Police Department Valley Financial Crimes Division to report that an unknown suspect had purchased his vehicle with a stolen check. Detectives conducted a fraud investigation; found that an unknown suspect had stolen an elderly person’s identification and checks. The suspect then used the victim’s information and checks to purchase his Mercedes along with three (3) other vehicles from different owners.
The LAPD Detectives verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Mercedes Benz.
Seven (7) minutes later, the LAPD “Air 16” flight officers picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Mercedes Benz with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in Air Units. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the flight officers tracked the Mercedes to the area of Coldwater Canyon and Ventura Blvd. Narcotics officers responded to the area and observed the Mercedes parked at the curb. The female driver was taken into custody for auto theft related charges without incident. Detectives from the LAPD-Valley Financial Crimes Division are conducting this investigation. The three other vehicles are still outstanding.
The Mercedes was impounded for safe keeping.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Mercedes Benz in April 2003 by Mercedes Benz of South Bay in Torrance, California.