The owners of a Chevrolet S-10 contacted the Union County Sheriff’s Department to report that their vehicle was stolen near the junction of US 601 and NC 218 by unknown suspect(s). The Chevrolet S-10 owner/occupants were visiting from South Carolina. The truck was last secured on the prior Wednesday evening at approximately 6PM. The owner returned on Friday afternoon to discover the truck and keys to be missing.
The Union County SD 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 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Aviation Unit were flying regular patrol duties in the south western corner of Mecklenburg County. The helicopter unit 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 officers tracked the Chevrolet to a residence off Lanterntree Lane, approximately 12 miles from the reported theft site. Officers located the Chevrolet abandoned but witnesses provided information regarding the name and description of the person last driving the S-10. While at the Chevrolet, officers observed the named suspect pass the S-10 operating a motorcycle. A traffic stop of the motorcycle was made which allowed an interview of the named suspect. During the road side interview the suspect was found to be in possession with the intent to sell/deliver methamphetamine, possession of Schedule II controlled substance, and possession of the stolen S-10 vehicle. Warrants for those crimes were obtained and the suspect was arrested. The suspect is a well-known criminal having many arrests for previous drug and stolen property cases.
The Chevrolet S-10 was towed and stored until the South Carolina owner could take possession.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Chevrolet S-10 in August 2000 at Power Chevrolet in Irvine, California.
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Aviation Unit
- Chevrolet S-10
- Mecklenburg County. The
- North Carolina
- Power Chevrolet
- South Carolina
- Southern United States
- Union County SD
- Union County Sheriff’s Department