LoJack® System Helps San Bernardino Auto Theft Task Force (SANCATT) Recover Stolen Motorcycles

  • February 23, 2016
  • recovery stories

The owner of a 2007 Kawasaki 600 contacted the Colton Police Department to report that his vehicle was stolen sometime during the night. 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 Kawasaki.

Within 9 minutes from activation, deputies from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department Central Station picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Kawasaki 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 Kawasaki to the 1200 block of East Davidson, city of San Bernardino. As the deputies approached the property, several male subjects were observed when one of the male subjects ran from the deputies over a wall onto the adjoining property. This subject was detained by the deputies as they had noticed numerous motorcycles and parts strewn all over the property.

Detectives from the San Bernardino Auto Theft Task Force (SANCATT) were notified and responded to the location. Contact was initiated with the subject that had been detained and they learned he was on felony probation. The detectives made contact with the persons in charge of the properties and obtained written consent to search for other stolen property and/or other subjects on the properties. During the search they discovered the victim’s stolen Kawasaki in a tented area along with another 2013 Yamaha F26 motorcycle reported stolen that had been VIN Switched, (vehicle identification number removed from another non stolen motorcycle put on a stolen). Detectives contacted all the subjects and learned that the subject who fled had a reputation of being a vehicle thief along with other criminal activities. One of the persons contacted was arrested on an outstanding warrant. The search resulted in the recovery of two additional stolen motor cycles, miscellaneous parts, three stolen Quads apparently taken from a motorcycle dealer in Fontana, California. According to the owner, his shop has lost over 80 motorcycles and ATVs over the past year. A loaded hand gun was located in the garage along with .38 caliber ammunition. The suspect who had been first detained admitted that he had stolen the Kawasaki with a friend earlier and also admitted he had purchased the gun for $100.00. This suspect admitted that he and his friend drive around in a van truck and steal motorcycles from various surrounding cities. This suspect was arrested and later booked for “Possession of Stolen Property” and “Felon in possession of a loaded hand gun.”

The LoJack® System was installed in the 2007 Kawasaki in September 2007 at Bert’s Mega Mall in Azusa, California.