The owners of a 1964 Chevrolet Impala contacted the Los Angeles Police Department to report their vehicle was stolen from in front of their residence. The LAPD Pacific division 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 four minutes later the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Airship 8 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, Airship 8 tracked the Impala to the area of Central and Florence where they found the Chevrolet mobile. Airship 8 followed the Chevrolet to 76th and Wadsworth where the Chevrolet stopped and parked. The driver and lone occupant exited the Impala. The driver met up with a subject driving a white Monte Carlo. While the subjects were talking, patrol deputies arrived at the location at the request of Airship 8. The patrol deputies detained both subjects. The driver of the stolen Impala claimed he was working on the vehicle for a customer and it was just a misunderstanding. The deputies inspected the Impala and saw that the license plates had been replaced with a dealership paper plate. They also saw wires hanging from under the dash and saw a small black box marked “GPS” (This was later determined to be part of the stereo system installed in the vehicle). The deputies also learned the Monte Carlo belonged to the suspect driving the stolen Impala. The subject driving the Monte Carlo had a warrant for auto theft and was arrested. The suspect driving the Impala was also arrested. The owner of the Impala said he was out of the country several weeks prior. During that time his brother was approached by a subject driving a white Monte Carlo. The subject recommended a local shop to complete work on the Impala. The brother took the Impala to the shop and had work completed several weeks prior to the theft. The LASD investigators will be looking into this connection.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Chevrolet Impala in October 2015 as a California Direct Sale.