The owner of this Chevrolet contacted the Fresno Police Department to report that his vehicle was stolen from in front of his residence. The Fresno 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 Chevrolet.
Just 15 minutes after the police entered the Chevrolet as stolen, a deputy with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Chevrolet with the LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the deputy tracked the Chevrolet to the vicinity of Marks and Olive avenues in central Fresno. The deputy spotted the Chevrolet and attempted an enforcement stop but the driver of the vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit ensued.
Air One, a LoJack equipped Fresno PD Helicopter responded and took over the pursuit from the air. Meanwhile, deputies deployed spike strips ahead, which the Chevrolet ultimately struck, disabling the vehicle. The suspect exited and fled the Chevrolet on foot with the helicopter above, maintaining a visual with the spotlight. The suspect climbed atop a building and then, realizing he could not escape, surrendered to deputies on the roof. The Fresno Fire Department dispatched a ladder truck and the suspect was safely brought to the ground. He was ultimately taken to jail on vehicle theft and evading arrest charges.
The Chevrolet was recovered intact; the only damage being two flat tires. It was stored pending release to the owner.
This recovery highlights the cooperation of multiple LoJack participating agencies, who joined together to safely recover this stolen Chevrolet without endangering the safety of the community or the thief.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Chevrolet in March 1997 by Power Chevrolet in El Monte, CA.