The owner of a 2006 Infiniti G35 contacted the Los Angeles Police department to report his vehicle had been stolen. LAPD 77th division verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Infiniti.
A short while later an LASD airship picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Infiniti 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 airship tracked the vehicle to an unincorporated area of Los Angeles. The airship requested the assistance of LASD Century station patrol deputies. The patrol deputies arrived in the area and saw two Infiniti G35’s parked next to each other in the carport of a small apartment complex. The deputies could see two males in the carport area. As the deputies walked up a third male walked out from between the two vehicles. The deputies detained all three subjects. The deputies identified the stolen Infiniti through its vehicle identification number (VIN). The stolen Infiniti had two different license plates. The deputies learned the rear plate on the stolen Infiniti actually belonged to the other Infiniti. The other Infiniti had various parts removed and were on the ground. The deputies questioned the three detained subjects. One of the subjects told the deputies that both Infiniti’s belonged to his son. The subject directed the deputies to his son in one of the apartments. The deputies contacted the son and he confirmed he owned both Infinities. The son claimed he bought the stolen Infiniti from a friend for $400. He later changed his story and said he bought the stolen Infiniti from a stranger but did not have any paperwork nor contact information for the seller.
The deputies formed the opinion that the suspect was attempting to conceal the identity of the stolen Infiniti by replacing the rear plate with the plate from his legitimate Infiniti. The deputies also believed the suspect was going to use parts from the stolen Infiniti to repair his vehicle. The deputies arrested the subject for receiving stolen property and recovered the Infiniti before it could be stripped.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Infiniti G35 in December 2005 at Metro Infiniti, Monrovia CA.