Investigators from the Los Angeles County TRAP (Taskforce for Regional Auto theft Prevention) team took over an investigation of identity theft. The investigators learned the suspect had purchased two vehicles from two different dealerships using the identity of the victim to complete the transactions. One of the vehicles was a 2006 Jeep Liberty (non-LoJack equipped vehicle) and the other was a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, which the investigators learned was equipped with LoJack. The TRAP 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.
Only 21 minutes later officers from the Anaheim Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Chevrolet 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 officers tracked the Chevrolet to an area near the intersection of Raymond Avenue and Kimberly Drive, in the city of Anaheim. The Anaheim PD officers set up a surveillance of the Chevrolet until TRAP investigators arrived and took over the surveillance. A short time later TRAP investigators saw a male subject enter the Chevrolet and drive away. The TRAP investigators contacted the Anaheim PD patrol officers and had the Chevrolet stopped. Upon questioning of the driver the investigators learned the Chevrolet was purchased by the suspect’s mother. The suspect provided the mother’s name and address to the investigators. The TRAP investigators later went to the mother’s residence and contacted another male subject, who contacted the mother (female suspect) and had her return to the residence. The female suspect drove up in the Jeep Liberty, which was also fraudulently purchased. Using photos and information acquired during their investigation the TRAP investigators determined it was the same female whom conducted both fraudulent purchases. The female was arrested and both the Chevrolet and Jeep were recovered.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Chevrolet Camaro in July 2014 at Singh Chevrolet in Riverside, California.