A local car dealership contacted the Los Angeles County Taskforce (TRAP) to report that their vehicle was stolen by ID fraud theft. Detectives verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Ford Mustang.
A short while later flight officers from LASD Air -10 picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Ford Mustang 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-10 broadcasted they had located the vehicle in a parking lot containing one male.
Units from LAPD North Hollywood Division responded to the location and located the vehicle. As the ground unit approached, the suspect pull out of the parking spot and drove off. The officers attempted a vehicle stop however, the suspect fled in the vehicle. Air-10 followed the vehicle as the ground units continued tracking. Due to the speed of the Mustang, Air-10 followed and located the vehicle in a large mall shopping center off of Sepulveda and Venture Blvd. Officers set up containment and began searching the Mall and observed the suspect inside an elevator headed to the underground parking structure. With the assistance of K9 (Fritz) and his partner, the suspect was located hiding under a vehicle. He was taken into custody without further incident.
A search of the suspect resulted in recovering numerous false identification cards and a bank card in another persons’ name. Officers located a Pit Bull inside the stolen Mustang and with the assistance of LA Animal Services unit, identified the dog’s owner.
TRAP Detective at the scene approved the booking for Grand Theft Auto. Three no bail warrants for ID theft crimes from Ventura County and one warrant for prior vehicle theft
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford Mustang at Vista Ford, Vista, CA in November 2017.