The owners of a 2015 Dodge Ram contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to report their vehicle was stolen.
The LASD Century 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.
Only 20 minutes later deputies from the LASD Century 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 deputies tracked the Dodge to the rear yard of a residence in Los Angeles. The deputies saw the stolen Dodge Ram covered in a tarp and saw parts to other vehicles in the rear yard. The deputies made contact with the residents. The residents told the deputies the subject that works on the vehicles was not there but they could reach him by phone. The deputies were able to speak to the subject and convinced him to return to the residence. Because there were numerous parts to vehicles in the rear yard the deputies called in TRAP (Taskforce for Regional Autotheft Prevention) to assist. The TRAP team members arrived and conducted a search of the location, which they determined to be a Chop Shop. The TRAP recovered the Dodge RAM and five doors belonging to five stripped stolen vehicles (Jeep Wrangler, Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Silverado and a Chevrolet Suburban) none of which were equipped with LoJack. LoJack prevented the same fate for the Dodge Ram. The TRAP arrested the suspect and recovered numerous collateral stolen parts from other vehicles.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Dodge Ram in June 2015 at Champion Dodge in Downey, California.