The owner of a 2014 Range Rover and 2016 Porsche Cabriolet contacted the Arcadia Police Department to report that her vehicles were stolen by a named suspect who apparently had taken the keys from the victim without her knowledge or permission. Officers verified the thefts and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Range Rover and Porsche Cabriolet.
Minutes later the Los Angeles Police Department Air 18 flight officers picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Range Rover with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, Air 18 tracked the Range Rover to Beverly Blvd and Gardner Ave where they observed the vehicle entering a parking area at Grove Drive. Officers from the Hollywood Division responded immediately and were informed the suspect had exited the driver’s seat and was walking to a valet. As the officers pulled up, they observed the suspect hand the keys to the valet and shortly thereafter, the officers detained the suspect and obtained a positive identification from Air-18. During the field investigation, the officers learned that this individual was in fact the named suspect. They learned he knew the victim as a business associate and insisted he had permission to drive the Range Rover. This statement was refuted by the victim. The officers also learned from the victim that the 2016 Porsche was also missing. The suspect cooperated telling he also had the Porsche Cabriolet and directed the officers to his apartment underground garage recovering the Porsche. The undamaged vehicles were stored and later released to the victim. The suspect was booked for Grand Theft Auto pending felony complaint by the Deputy District Attorney. Note both vehicles were recently installed with LoJack and both were tracked.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Range Rover in March 2017 at Homburg Jaguar W Hollywood and the Porsche Cabriolet in March 2017 at Downtown Los Angeles Motors Porsche in California.