The owners of a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado contacted the Montebello Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen by unknown suspects. 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.
A short while later officers from the Los Angeles Police Department 77th St Division 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, they tracked the Chevrolet to 74th St and Central Ave where they observed a truck matching the stolen description sitting in a back yard of a residence. While they were looking at the vehicle, a male approached and asked what they were doing. When asked about the Chevrolet the subject told the officers he was working on it for a friend. The officers asked to inspect the truck but the subject refused entry onto the property using the excuse that there were dogs in the back yard. When asked to put the dogs away, the subject complied and the officers positively identified the truck as the stolen they had tracked. The resident told the officers he met an individual on an internet site who paid him $400 to strip the Chevrolet. The suspect turned out to be a gang member belonging to a local gang. This subject was arrested and later booked for operating a “Chop shop.” According to the detective handling the filing, the local gang is heavily involved in auto theft. Due to the thorough investigation by the officers, the Deputy District Attorney filed Felony charges of operating a “Chop Shop.”
The LoJack® System was installed in the Chevrolet Silverado in February 2006 at Ostrom Chevrolet in Montebello, California.
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