The owners of a 1999 Chevrolet Camaro contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lakewood Station to report that their vehicle was stolen.
Deputies 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.
Twenty-eight (28) minutes later, the San Bernardino City school police officers picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Chevrolet with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers tracked the Chevrolet to the area of Baseline Road and the I-215 freeway. The officer observed a vehicle towing an open two axle car hauler which was carrying the stolen Chevrolet. The stolen Chevrolet was being backed into a workshop adjacent to a residence. The officers detained the driver of the vehicle and all others of the residence that were nearby.
The SANCATT (San Bernardino County Auto Theft Task Force) obtained a search warrant for the premises and located additional stolen vehicles and vehicle components. It was also determined the trailer the suspect was towing was also reported stolen. A total of two suspects were arrested for Vehicle Crime “Chop Shop” without incident. The following is a list of vehicles recovered along with components recovered: 2005 Hummer H2, 1998 BigTex Trailer, 2004 Kawasaki K11, 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo (engine only) and 2004 Cadillac Escalade (components only).
The vehicles were impounded for safe keeping.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Chevrolet Camaro in October 2001 at Roseville Toyota in California.