Fresno car dealership called Fresno Police to report a vehicle stolen by means
of financial fraud after their bank contacted them to advise them of the fraud.
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 Lexus E350.
A short while later LAPD Air Support Division Air-18 flight officers picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Lexus E350 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 flight officers tracked the vehicle to Broadway and Imperial where the vehicle was observed pulling into a parking lot of a liquor store. The male driver was observed exiting and entered the store. Officers from LAPD Southeast Division were directed to the location and observed a male entering the vehicle matching the description given by Air-18. Both he and a passenger were detained. Officers conducted their field investigation and were given the information regarding the fraudulent purchase of the Lexus.
The driver was later arrested and booked for the theft of the vehicle. The passenger was released.
Case was referred to detectives for further investigation.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Lexus E350 at Lexus of Roseville in February 2016.