The owner of a 2007 Yamaha YZF-R1 contacted the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to report that their motorcycle was stolen from a street parking space in front of their former residence in the 4000 block of McClure Road. The owner/victim had moved from the residence several days prior but due to the size and not being able to drive the motorcycle away, left the motorcycle parked until making arrangements to haul the motorcycle to the current residence.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Yamaha motorcycle.
A short while later a deputy of the York County South Carolina Sheriff’s Department was preparing to go back on duty after two days off. The deputy’s patrol vehicle was started in his driveway and immediately picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Yamaha 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 deputy did not have to travel but a short distance from his residence until the motorcycle was tracked to a home on his street. There the motorcycle was found in a storage building to the left rear of the home.
An adult child of the home owner gave statements about buying the motorcycle early in the week, without a title as parts only, and brought the motorcycle home three nights prior. The motorcycle had been purchased from a known person, the name and location of seller was given during the buyer’s cooperative interview. The motorcycle was seized and held in storage until the victim could take custody. An investigation continues by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Yamaha YZF-R1 in June 2007 at Charlotte Honda in North Carolina.