owners of a 2018 Dodge Challenger contacted the LAPD N. Hollywood Division to
report their vehicle stolen. According
to the owner keys to the vehicle had been placed underneath by an oil change
business because the owner could not respond before the business closed. When
the owner did respond his car was missing. 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 Challenger.
A short while later officers from LAPD Foothill Division picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Dodge Challenger with the LoJack Police Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Tracking
Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers tracked the vehicle to an auto parts store where the vehicle was located. No suspect was seen at that time. The officers backed off and maintained observation on the vehicle. Within minutes they observed a male walk up to the car, enter and apparently start the car. The officers requested back up and deployed on the vehicle taking the suspect into custody without further incident. The suspect told the officers he had rented the vehicle from a rental AP. The owner responded and admitted he rented cars, however never rented the Challenger to the suspect.
The suspect was arrested and later booked for the theft. At that time it was noted that the suspect had previous convictions for vehicle theft. Case referred to Auto Detectives for further investigation.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Dodge Challenger in Jan 2018 at Rydell Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram San Fernando, CA.