The owner of a 2004 Cadillac Escalade contacted the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to report that his vehicle was stolen by a mechanic who did some work on it. Apparently the suspect had made a spare key and stole the Cadillac from the victim after he refused to pay for the work done. 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 Cadillac.
A short while later officers from the Montebello Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Cadillac 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 Cadillac to a residential garage in the 100 block of W Cleveland Ave, city of Montebello. The silent signal was pinpointed to a closed garage in the complex where the officers were able to confirm the Cadillac was parked inside. After attempts were made to contact the resident, detectives from the Montebello PD requested and obtained a search warrant for the location. Prior to serving the search warrant, the suspect came home and gave consent to enter and search. The Cadillac was recovered from the garage and the suspect was arrested. The undamaged Cadillac was released to the victim. The case was turned over to the detectives for follow up.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Cadillac Escalade in September 2004 at Renick Cadillac in Fullerton, California.