The owners of a 2005 BMW 645 contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to report their vehicle was stolen. The victim was staying at a hotel in Carson with her boyfriend when she realized she could not locate her car keys. The boyfriend went outside to look for the keys when he discovered her BMW was stolen.
The LASD Carson verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the BMW.
Only six minutes later the LASD Aero Bureau picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen BMW 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 LASD helicopter tracked the BMW to the area of Manhattan Blvd. and Hawthorne Blvd. in the city of Lawndale. Patrol deputies responded to the area and located the stolen BMW traveling southbound on Hawthorne Boulevard. The deputies performed a traffic stop and detained the female driver. The driver told the deputies she got the BMW from a friend the previous night and when asked why she was driving the vehicle she said “because it’s a BMW.” The suspect did not provide any further information. The deputies contacted the victim to determine if she knew the suspect but she did not.
The LoJack® System was installed in the BMW 645 in February 2005 at BMW of Las Vegas in Nevada.