LoJack System Helps Los Angeles Police Department Recover a Stolen Dodge Ram 1500 Suspect Arrested

  • April 24, 2019
  • Law Enforcement

The owners of a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 contacted the Los Angeles Police Department to report their vehicle 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 Dodge.

A short while later officers from LAPD Wilshire Division picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Dodge Ram 1500 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 tracked the vehicle to a multi-story parking structure and began searching floor by floor.  When they got to the second floor they observed the vehicle packed up against a rear wall containing three males.  When back up arrived, the three males were taken into custody without further incident.

The suspect behind the steering wheel asked the officers to retrieve his keys which were on the floor board.  When the officers located the keys they noticed one of the keys was (shaved) commonly used as a tool in theft of vehicles.  The driver told the officers he had borrowed the vehicle from an unknown person. Located in the vehicle was a plastic bag containing a substance appearing to be methamphetamine. While at the station, the other two remaining suspects were questioned but not charged for the theft. One suspect had an outstanding warrant for his arrest the second was cleared and released.  The officers booked the primary suspect for the theft of the vehicle and possession of a Narcotic substance.

The LoJack® System was installed in the Dodge Ram 1500 in August 2005, at Sanborn Chevrolet Inc., in Lodi, California.