The owners of a 2002 Nissan Frontier contacted the Los Angeles Police Department Rampart Division 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 Nissan Frontier.
Minutes later, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Air-7 flight deputies picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Nissan Frontier 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 Nissan to Lanfranco and Loerena Street and located the stolen vehicle. They noted a female with red hair exiting the truck and noted three male suspects removing what appeared to be a blue motor scooter as well as other pieces of property. When the suspects observed the helicopter, the males walked to a shed on the property and the female walked away from the scene. Numerous officers arrived from the LAPD Hollenbeck Division and detained all the subjects. Detectives from the Hollenbeck Division responded and conducted the investigation. They determined the scooter had been reported earlier as stolen and obtained a search warrant. The scooter was recovered, as well as additional property appearing to be stolen in addition to a key ring with approximately 25 shaved keys (commonly used to steal the older vehicles). Statements were obtained by the detectives and were sufficient to obtain felony filings on the suspects. The stolen vehicles were released to the owners at the scene and all recovered property taken as evidence.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Nissan Frontier in November 2002 at Wondries Ford in Alhambra, California.