The owner of a local used car dealership arrived at his business to discover that it had been burglarized sometime during the night. The owner reported that the thieves had gained access to the key storage box and ultimately stolen 7 vehicles off of the lot. Unbeknownst to the owner of the used car lot, one of the vehicles that was stolen; a Chevrolet Traverse had previously been equipped with LoJack by the prior owner. The Fresno Police Department 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.
Less than 30 minutes after the LoJack was activated an investigator with CCATT, the Fresno Police Department Auto Theft Task Force picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Chevrolet with the LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the investigator tracked the vehicle to an apartment complex near Shields and Hughes avenues in northwest Fresno. The unoccupied vehicle was located and surveillance was initiated by the CCATT team. About 30 minutes later an adult female entered the vehicle and drove out of the parking lot. Air support was called and a rolling surveillance continued. The vehicle was followed to the vicinity of Clinton and Maroa avenues where the vehicle stopped; a blue BMW immediately stopped next to the Chevrolet. Investigators detained the drivers of both vehicles. Investigation revealed that the blue BMW, driven by an adult male, was also one of the vehicles that had been stolen from the car dealership. The female was found to be a parolee with outstanding warrants. She was arrested for vehicle theft, business burglary and violation of parole. The male driving the BMW turned out to be the boyfriend of the female. He was also arrested for vehicle theft and business burglary. The LoJack equipped Chevrolet was recovered intact and undamaged; it was released to the owner of the car dealership along with the BMW. The collateral recovery value of the 1999 BMW 328I was $2750.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Chevrolet Traverse by Singh Chevrolet in Riverside, CA in June of 2010.