The owners of a 2003 BMW X5 contacted the Los Angeles Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen. 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 BMW X5.
A short while later officers from LAPD North Hollywood Division picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen BMW with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers began tracking the vehicle and crossed paths with a second unit from their division also tracking the stolen BMW. The second unit radioed a few minutes later that they had located the BMW X5 behind the building in the 6200 block of Beck Ave. Seconds later they observed a male adult exit the vehicle and flee on foot. The suspect was spotted hiding against a wall of an apartment structure in the 11500 block of Erwin St. The officers deployed on the suspect and attempted to affect an arrest. The suspect violently resisted arrest and was subdued by assisting officers without further incident.
The officers transported the suspect to North Hollywood Division and in the booking process, the key to the BMW was found in his possession. Supervising Sergeants arrived to continue with their portion of the incident. The suspect, an active Gang Member, on probation was booked for the theft as well as various other charges.
The vehicle was processed and later released to the victim.
The LoJack® System was installed in the BMW at Center BMW Alhambra, CA in December 2002.