The owners of a 2009 Mercedes C350 contacted the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department SANCATT taskforce to report that their vehicle was stolen by fraud. Detectives of SANCATT 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.
Within minutes, deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Mercedes 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 deputies tracked the Mercedes to a car wash in the 800 block of East Avenue J, city of Lancaster, CA. As the deputies entered the car wash, they observed a male adult walking away from the stolen Mercedes. The deputies immediately detained this individual and asked why he was walking away from the Mercedes. The suspect told them he was going to a bank to get $4000 to give to an uncle a deposit and he was going to take over the payments. This suspect was unable to provide any further information as to how to verify these statements. Witnesses told the deputies that the suspect they had detained drove up in the Mercedes. The suspect was placed under arrest and booked for driving a vehicle without owner’s consent in addition to fraud. Detectives from SANCATT were notified and are handling the investigation. Note this was one of three vehicles taken by fraud from the victim and the second one to be recovered by LoJack that day.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Mercedes C350 in August 2009 by Mercedes of West Covina in CA.