The owner of a
2006 Yamaha YZF600R motorcycle contacted the Martinez Police Department to
report their vehicle stolen. The owner advised the vehicle was taken from the
carport at their condominium complex on Ashford Place. The Martinez Police
Department verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into
the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed on the Yamaha motorcycle.
A short while later, officers with the California Highway Patrol Air Operations Unit in a fixed wing aircraft were flying over the city of Livermore when they were alerted to the stolen Yamaha motorcycle by the silent LoJack signal received 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 motorcycle was tracked to a residential neighborhood off of South Vasco Rd. Livermore PD ground units responded to the area and also began tracking the stolen vehicle. The air unit observed a subject working on a motorcycle protruding from the back of an SUV in the driveway of a residence on Yountville Court. Livermore PD officers responded to the address and confirmed it was the stolen Yamaha. The subject had begun to remove parts from the motorcycle and he was taken into custody and booked for possession of the stolen vehicle.
The stolen Yamaha was recovered by Livermore PD and the vehicle’s owner responded to the scene to pick up his vehicle. He was unaware and pleasantly surprised to hear the vehicle had been equipped with LoJack by the original owner. The LoJack® System was installed in the 2006 Yamaha in July 2006, at Champion Motorcycles Inc. in Lake Forest, CA.