The owners of a 1997 Chevrolet Corvette contacted the Irvine Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen. According to officers, the owners, a local car dealer, were loading vehicles on a car carrier and prior to loading the Chevrolet Corvette the suspect took advantage, jumped in the Chevrolet Corvette and drove around the security gate as it was closing and drove off with the vehicle. 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 Corvette.
Less than 9 minutes later, deputies from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department Fontana Station picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Corvette 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 Corvette from 5th St and Cedar, city of Bloomington, to northbound Cedar where they observed the vehicle stopped at a red light. The officers caught up to the Corvette, requested back up and actuated their red lights. At this time the suspect pulled to the curb and was detained without further incident. When questioned as to how the suspect obtained the Corvette, the suspect told the officers he received a call from a known subject who asked a favor to drive the vehicle home and store it. The suspect was arrested and booked for receiving stolen property. The undamaged Corvette was stored and later returned to the car dealer. Investigation continues.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Chevrolet Corvette in March 2008 at Luxury Motors in Henderson, Nevada.