LoJack System Helps Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and Regional Auto Theft Interdiction Detail Recover Stolen Chevrolet Silverado and Ten other Stolen Vehicles at a Chop Shop

  • April 24, 2019
  • Law Enforcement

The owners of a Chevrolet Silverado contacted the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to report that their vehicle had been stolen in the city of Menifee. Riverside County Sheriff’s 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.

Within three minutes, deputies from Riverside County Sheriff’s Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Chevrolet Silverado 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 deputies tracked the vehicle to the rear of a residence located in the 2500 block of Marie Street in an unincorporated area of Perris. As the deputies arrived a male fled on a stolen dirt bike and was later detained and arrested. Several vehicles were observed in the rear of the property including the stolen 2002 Chevrolet Silverado.  The Riverside Regional Auto Theft Interdiction Task Force was contacted to assist in the investigation.  Further investigation revealed there were a total of ten stolen vehicles in the property not including the stolen dirt bike.  Some of the vehicles had parts removed including tires.  The investigation is ongoing; two suspects were taken into custody for vehicle theft, possession of stolen property and operating a Chop Chop. Vehicles recovered were reported stolen with Riverside County Sheriff’s, Riverside Police Department, and from Las Vegas.

Stolen vehicles recovered:

2002 Chevrolet Silverado, 1997 Honda CRV, 1998 Honda Civic, 1994 Honda Civic, 1992 Acura Integra, 1998 Honda Civic, 200 Chevrolet Tahoe, 1992 Toyota Truck, 1994 Acura Integra,  2011 Mercedes Benz GLK 350                                                                                                                                          Approximately recovery value: $27,000.00.

The LoJack® System was installed in the Chevrolet Silverado in November 2001 at Maurice J. Sopp-Son Chevrolet, Bellflower, California.