The owners of a 2002 Chevrolet Camaro contacted the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office to report that their vehicle was stolen from their used car lot. The owners reported that they found the Camaro had been stolen overnight from the lot in Hattiesburg, Mississippi when they arrived that morning. They informed the investigating officer they had video of the Camaro being pushed onto a trailer earlier that morning by 2 male suspects.
The Lamar County SO verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Camaro.
Two days later deputies from the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office 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, the deputies tracked the Camaro to a neighborhood in Chalmette. The Camaro was found in the driveway of a residence and the resident claimed it was his car. Upon further investigation by the Louisiana State Police Auto Theft Investigator, who was on the scene to assist, discovered the license plate and vehicle identification numbers had been swapped on the Camaro from a 1999 Camaro the suspect owned. A car trailer was also located next to the house. The suspect was placed under arrest for possession of the stolen Camaro and alteration of a motor vehicle identification number. Upon further investigation it was learned that suspect was wanted on numerous fugitive warrants, six from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, one from Kenner Police Department and one fugitive warrant relative to Armed Robbery of a business in Brookhaven, Mississippi. Information was forwarded to Lamar County SO for follow up investigation on the actual theft of the Camaro. The Camaro was it great shape and impounded until the owner could pick it up.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 2002 Chevrolet Camaro in May 2002 at Valencia Chevrolet in California.
- armed robbery
- Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office
- Kenner Police Department
- Lamar County
- Lamar County Sheriff’s Office
- Louisiana State Police
- St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office
- the house
- two days
- United States
- used car
- Valencia Chevrolet
- Vehicle Identification Number