A new car dealership installed LoJack tracking devices into their vehicles as part of a pre-install program. The program enhances sales and also provides an added measure of asset security while vehicles are on the dealership lot.
This dealership was a victim of an Identity Theft fraudulent sale of three 2015 vehicles; one being this 2015 Dodge Charger, a 2015 Dodge Challenger and a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The dealership contacted the Downey Police Department to report that their vehicles were stolen buy fraudulent purchase. Officers 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 minutes from activation of the LoJack signal, the Los Angeles Police Department flight officers in Air-18 picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Dodge Charger with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, they tracked the Charger to the area of Florence and Avalon Blvd where they located the vehicle. Air 18 observed the Charger moving and notified ground units from the Newton Division that the vehicle had just parked in the 600 block of 69th St. According to the Tactical Flight Officer, it was dark and as they turned on their Night Sun light, they observed a female exit the Charger and walk into a residence near the parked Dodge.
The Newton division officers arrived on the scene and made contact with the female, taking her into custody without further incident. When questioned about how this subject obtained the Charger, she indicated her relative had obtained it for her. The suspect was later booked on felony charges pending further investigation by Newton Detectives and Downey PD as there were two other vehicles involved that had also been purchased via fraudulent means. Note all three vehicles were tracked and recovered with another suspect arrested in Carson, CA, by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. The South Gate Police Department recovered the third vehicle however no suspect was arrested at that time.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Dodge Charger in December 2014 in Downey, California.
- car dealership
- Dodge Challenger
- Dodge Charger
- Downey Police Department
- identity theft
- Los Angeles County
- Los Angeles Police Department
- Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. The South Gate Police Department
- Newton Detectives
- Newton Division