The owner of a 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS contacted the Los Angeles Police Department to report that his vehicle was stolen. The suspects apparently pulled up to the victim in an intersection and blocked the victim preventing his escape. They then approached the victim armed with a hand gun and pulled him out of the Impala, robbing him of personal property / jewelry and drove off in the victim’s vehicle. The LAPD 77th St Division 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 Chevrolet Impala SS.
Within three minutes after the activation, the LAPD Air-18 along with patrol and Metro officers picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Chevrolet Impala 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 and located the Chevrolet shortly thereafter. When the officers attempted to contact and initiate a felony “high risk” traffic stop, the driver, a female failed to yield. The Chevrolet was subsequently stopped resulting in two male suspects and the female driver being detained. Field identification resulted in a positive identification of both males who committed the crime with recovery of the firearm and personal property of the victim. Those two male suspects were arrested and charged with Car Jacking / use of a firearm, Robbery and Gang Enhancement charges. The female was charged with failure to yield in addition.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS in August 2006 at Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, California.