The owner of a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS contacted the Berkeley Police Department to report their vehicle stolen. The owner advised the vehicle was taken in the early morning hours from the 800 block of Channing Way. The Berkeley 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 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS.
A short time later, a California Highway Patrol vehicle investigator assigned to the Alameda County Regional Auto Theft Task Force was working in the city of Oakland, when he was alerted to the stolen Camaro by means of the silent LoJack signal from the stolen vehicle 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 stolen Camaro SS was tracked and found parked, unoccupied at the curb in a residential neighborhood on Rio Vista Avenue near Piedmont Avenue. Surveillance was established on the vehicle but the suspect(s) did not return.
The stolen Camaro was recovered by the Auto Theft Task Force and was towed to be processed for latent evidence and then returned to the owner. The San Francisco Bay Area has seen a marked increase in the theft of late model, high performance Camaros, which typically are recovered stripped of their engines, transmissions, interiors tires, wheels, and suspension parts. The LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System was instrumental in preventing this owner’s Camaro from becoming one of these statistics.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS in August 2014, at F.H. Dailey Chevrolet, in San Leandro, CA.