owner of a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS contacted the Oakland Police Department to
report their vehicle stolen. The Oakland 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 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS.
A short time later, California Highway Patrol vehicle investigators assigned to the Alameda County Regional Auto Theft Task Force were working in the city of Oakland, when they monitored the Oakland Police radio of the theft, and the owner providing vehicle location information from an owner installed GPS system. The owner advised the vehicle was travelling on I-580 towards San Leandro and the investigators began responding to that location. The vehicle eventually stopped in San Leandro in the vicinity of Washington Avenue near I-880, and the investigators were then 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, officers tracked and found the Chevrolet parked and unoccupied at a gas station/market at the corner of Washington Avenue and Fargo Street. Officers placed a surveillance on the vehicle and marked CHP units responded to the scene. A few minutes later, a male subject exited the market and began walking towards the stolen Camaro. A marked CHP vehicle began moving towards the suspect, and he then fled on foot. The suspect ran several blocks and entered a grocery store. The investigators apprehended the suspect inside the store. The suspect admitted he was driving the vehicle to a location in order to strip the Camaro of its parts. The suspect had prior vehicle theft conviction and was on parole for a weapons violation.
The stolen Camaro was recovered by the Auto Theft Task Force and was returned to the owner. This was the fourth theft and recovery of this Camaro in the past four years via the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System. The San Francisco Bay Area has seen a marked increase in the theft of this late model, high performance Camaros, typically recovered stripped of their engines, transmissions, interiors tires/wheels, and suspension parts. The LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System was again instrumental in preventing this owner’s Camaro from becoming one of these statistics.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS in December 2014, at John L. Sullivan Chevrolet, in Roseville, CA.