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  • 1. To: ALL LOJACK - SVRN Coordinators From: Ted Saraf, Law Enforcement Liaison LoJack Corporation – Southern California Operations Re: Monthly Update Report for April 2005, Southern California: Total number of “chop shops” and or “rings” for LoJack system Southern California = 225 HIGHLIGHT ACTIVITIES FOR THE MONTH OF April 2005: LoJack of LOS ANGELES COUNTY: On 4-14-05, LAPD Hollenbeck patrol officers picked up the silent code of a stolen 1997 Honda Passport taken from Northeast Division area Residential Burglary “Hot Prowl”. They tracked and located the vehicle parked on the street in front of 4433 W. Rosehill Dr. An air unit that had come to assist, contacted detectives from TRAP Central team and notified them of the find. Detectives responded to the location and set up surveillance on the vehicle. Approximately 1130 hrs, the detectives observed a male adult exit the residence and with a remote, open the Honda and removed an object (later identified as a lap top computer). Another subject had driven up in another Honda and was given this object. The Detectives obtained the license plate for future identification. The primary suspect re-entered the residence. TRAP detectives had just been informed that the Honda Passport had been taken in a “Hot Prowl” burglary where the suspect was seen entering a bathroom window and running from the scene with the victim’s purse and car keys. The description of clothing matched the suspect seen who had exited the residence. A short time later, a third suspect stopped at the location in a Jeep vehicle, at which time, the primary suspect exited the house and entered the Jeep, driving off. Patrol units were summoned and when they attempted to stop the Jeep, a short pursuit ensued and terminated at the 110 Freeway. Both suspects were taken into custody without further incident. A follow up investigation by TRAP detectives identified the primary suspect as being wanted for at least 25 residential burglaries in the N/E division area as well as other cities. N/E detectives are handling this case. LoJack of SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: On 04-29-05, within forty minutes of activation, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Flight Deputies in Air “40-KING”, picked up the silent signal from the Redlands PD stolen 2002 Chevrolet Camaro. They initiated a broadcast that they were tracking the vehicle, which appeared to be moving. Ground units from San Bernardino PD and Sheriff’s Central Station responded to the area to assist. Air “40-KING” isolated the signal and located the stolen vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence in the 2200 block of First Avenue, in the City of Muscoy (unincorporated area of the county). As the first SBPD unit arrived, a male adult suspect fled on foot and just prior to being apprehended, he threw down the keys to the vehicle. Responding SBCSD Deputies also discovered a second stolen 1987 Chevrolet Truck at the location and the County Auto Theft Taskforce (SANCATT) was requested to respond. A SANCATT Team assumed the investigation and learned of a second residence in the same block where the suspect frequented. Responding to the second location they observed another vehicle pulling away from the residence, which was stopped by assisting deputies and several suspect detained. Deputies had informant information that this location was a possible “Chop Shop” a search warrant was obtained and served on both locations. Two additional stripped and chopped trucks, a 1997 GMC 1500 Crew Cab, and a late 90’s Chevrolet, one partially buried in the rear yard) were recovered. Evidence connected the suspects to both locations and they were arrested for “Chop Shop” Operation, GTA, and Receiving Stolen Property. This is “Chop Shop” number 225 and the 20,000th LoJack stolen vehicle recovery for Southern California. LoJack of SAN DIEGO COUNTY: On 04-01-05, a San Diego Police Officer assigned to Mid-City was e/b El Cajon Blvd. near Marlboro St. when he picked up the silent code of a stolen 1996 Infinity J30. He momentarily lost the signal and then picked it up again near 41st St. and University Ave. Approximately seven minutes later two other Officers picked up the signal near 36thSt. and University Ave. and started tracking the signal. They caught up to the vehicle in the 4400 block of 44 th street and initiated their emergency lights. The vehicle came to a stop and the driver exited the vehicle. The driver was ultimately arrested/booked for auto theft and the vehicle was recovered without sustaining any damage.
  • 2. LoJack of ORANGE COUNTY: On 4-10-05, within minutes of the LoJack system activating, officers flying Air-Able picked up the LoJack signal from the victim’s stolen 1993 Honda Accord. The Air Unit requested Huntington Beach ground units to assist in the tracking. Air-Able tracked the signal to a motel located at 550 Skylab Rd. and directed the ground units to its location. Prior to their arrival, the Air unit observed one male suspect getting property out of the vehicle and taking it into a motel room. Air-Able directed ground units to the suspect’s location. Officers from Huntington Beach PD deployed and took the 3 suspects into custody. The male suspect was arrested for 10851 VC (DWOC) and the two female suspects were arrested on other none related charges. Huntington Beach Detectives are investigating the case. LoJack of RIVERSIDE COUNTY: On 04-13-05, within nineteen minutes of activation, Riverside PD Officers picked up the silent signal from the 2004 Honda CRV, which had been reported by Riverside Sheriff’s Jurupa Station. The units tracked and located the vehicle at Mesa and University and observed an additional Chevrolet Monte Carlo next to the Honda, which was occupied by one male adult. The Honda appeared to be unoccupied, however when the units deployed they discovered a male and female adult naked in the rear seat in a compromising position. All of the suspects matched the general description of the wanted suspects and all were parolee’s. One of the male suspects became combative and had to be subdued. RSO Deputies responded to the location with the victim and assumed the investigation; unfortunately, she was so intimidated that she would not positively the suspects. Property taken in the robbery was recovered inside the Monte Carlo, as was the loaded handgun used in the crime. All three suspects were arrested for Parole Violation, GTA, Receiving Stolen Property and Parolee in Possession of a Firearm. The undamaged vehicle was released to the victim at the scene. LoJack of VENTURA COUNTY: On 04-05-05, Investigators from VENCATT’S (Ventura County Auto Task Force) picked up the silent signal from the stolen 1996 Chevy Silverado truck on their portable LOJACK tracking computer while conducting auto theft investigations in their area. The Investigators tracked the stolen vehicle to the area of Kalorama Street and Poli Street, where they observed the stolen vehicle southbound on Kalorama Street. The investigators followed the vehicle while requesting additional units as the suspects turned onto Jody Lane, which is a dead end street. The investigators conducted a felony traffic stop and took the suspects into custody for 10851 V.C. (DWOC), without incident. The driver had a no bail warrant, and the passenger was a parolee at large, with an outstanding warrant. The vehicle was cold plated and not damaged, and was one of four vehicles taken from a car dealer. Investigation revealed that these suspects were involved in three Commercial Burglaries of Auto Parts Stores. Investigators were able to locate the other three vehicles that were stolen, which included a1999 Chevy Monte Carlo, 1998 Nissan Frontier truck, and a 1998 Toyota Camry. The suspects were also in possession of keys for a Porsche and Dodge. These vehicles were still on the lot. Investigators from CHP-VENCATT’S are handling this investigation. LoJack of SANTA BARBARA County: On 04-06-05, Santa Barbara Police Department officers picked up a silent signal from the stolen 2000 Hyundai Elantra on their on-board LOJACK tracking computers during routine patrol duties. The stolen vehicle was tracked to the area of the Milpas Street roundabout. The vehicle was observed S/B on Milpas Street entering the 101 Freeway northbound. The officers conducted a felony traffic stop at Bath Street. Two suspects, male and female, were taken into custody for 10851 V.C. (DWOC), without incident. Both suspects had outstanding warrants. Detectives from Santa Barbara Police Department are conducting this investigation. On the evening of April 21, 2005 the victim reported his 2005 Isuzu Rodeo stolen to the Sacrament Police Department. After completion of the theft report the stolen vehicle information was
  • 3. entered into both state and national auto theft databases, which automatically activated the hidden LoJack transponder the victim had installed in his vehicle. Hours later and 400 miles away, California Highway Patrol, Santa Barbara Area Officers received the silent signal emitting from the stolen vehicle near the City of Santa Barbara. The officer ran the code appearing on his onboard LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC), and was advised of the description and theft information of the Isuzu. Within minutes the officer tracked the vehicle and observed it parked in the 300 block of Chapala Street. The officer had his dispatch contact VENCATT (Ventura County Auto Theft Taskforce) and a team was dispatched to the location. Surveillance was established on the vehicle and later that afternoon a male adult suspect entered the vehicle, but before officers were able to stop him, he fled and a pursuit ensued. Following a short pursuit, the suspect (a parolee) lost control of the vehicle and crashed on State Highway 101, where he was taken into custody without further incident. Officers also recovered property inside the vehicle, which had been taken in an overnight commercial burglary. The suspect was arrested and booked for GTA, Parole Violation, and Receiving Stolen Property wit a No Bail Hold so as he can return to prison. MEXICO RECOVERIES: The California Highway Patrol Mexico Liaison unit recovered thirteen (13) LoJack equipped stolen vehicles from Mexico during the month of April 05. On 04-06-05, two California Highway Patrol Investigators assigned to Border Division Mexico Liaison, were in the Mexicali, Mexico area when they picked up the silent code of a stolen 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse. They tracked the signal to a hospital in Mexicali and observed the vehicle sitting in the parking lot. The Investigators left the Mexico Police Officials they were working with to do surveillance, while they continued back to Calexico. Within approximately thirty minutes, the suspects exited the hospital and got into the stolen Mitsubishi. They were immediately taken into custody by the Mexico authorities and the vehicle was recovered. Agencies posting custody incidents at termination of tracking were as follows: On 04-03-05, two Officers assigned to San Diego Police Department Western Division were on patrol when they picked up the silent code of a stolen 1993 BMW 318 just 19 minutes after it had been reported stolen. They started tracking the signal and one minute later two Officers in another patrol vehicle also picked up the signal and started tracking the vehicle. Within two to three minutes the officers caught up to the vehicle and activated their emergency lights to affect a traffic stop. The driver accelerated a short distance, then stopped abruptly and fled on foot. Although the driver avoided apprehension, a passenger was taken into custody and arrested for auto-theft. The vehicle was recovered without sustaining any damage. On 4-4-05, within minutes of the LoJack system activating, a deputy from the LASD Century Station picked up the LoJack signal from the victim’s stolen 2000 Ford Explorer. The deputy was able to track the signal to the 3100 block of Imperial Highway where he observed a male suspect driving the vehicle and two passengers also inside. The deputy requested backup units and when they arrived, the deputies conducted a felony traffic stop, taking the suspect and passengers into custody without incident. The passengers were questioned and released and the suspect was arrested for 496.1 PC (RSP) and 10851 VC (DWOC). Century Station detectives are investigating the case. On 4-5-05, LAPD Air-8 flight officers picked up the silent signal of a stolen 2005 Lexus GS300, which had been stolen from a garage burglary in the city of Alhambra. Air-8 tracked the signal into the LAPD Hollenbeck area from the 710 Freeway and Washington. Ground units from the LASD had been chasing the vehicle, but called off the chase due to excessive speeds. The vehicle entered into the Hollenbeck Division area at which time an LAPD unit picked up the pursuit. The pursuit travelled thru
  • 4. several cities and finally terminated back into the city of Alhambra where the suspects bailed from the vehicle. Both suspects were apprehended shortly after the termination of the pursuit. The driver was booked for Grand Theft Auto, VC 2800.2 Felony Evading and VC 10851 DWOC. The passenger for interfering and an outstanding warrant. Case is under investigation by Alhambra PD detectives and Hollenbeck detectives. On 4-7-05, within hours of the LoJack system activating, officers from LAPD 77th Street Division picked up the LoJack signal from the victim’s stolen 1999 Chevrolet Silverado. The officers tracked the signal to 89th Street and St. John Ave. where they observed the vehicle parked with one male suspect inside. The officers quickly deployed taking the suspect into custody without incident. The suspect had property from the stolen vehicle in his pockets. The suspect was arrested for 496.1 PC (RSP). 77th Street Detectives are investigating the case. On 04-07-05, Redlands PD Officers acquired the activation form the 2003 Pontiac Montana, reported eighteen minutes earlier by San Bernardino PD. The signal was acquired close to the I-10 Freeway and at first the officers thought the vehicle might be on the freeway. However the units triangulated the signal, which led them to an industrial park. They finally “isolated” the signal to the rear of a large motel, where they located the stolen parked, unoccupied. The Multi-Enforcement Team, Special Operations Group established surveillance and approximately two hours later observed a male adult approach and attempt to unlock the vehicle with a remote. However, it did not work and he unlocked the vehicle with the key. He then left and purchased several sodas from a machine and entered his room. Detectives were notified and a search warrant was obtained and served on the location. The original suspect and an additional male and female suspect were located inside the motel room. The Team recovered property the stolen vehicle along with profiles and identity of individuals, possible victims of identity theft. The suspects were arrested for Identity Theft, GTA, Receiving Stolen Property and additional Parole Violation on suspect number one. The undamaged vehicle was returned to the victim. On 04-09-05, a San Diego County Sheriffs Deputy assigned to the Vista Station was on patrol when he picked up the silent code of a stolen 2004 Nissan Pathfinder. He tracked the signal to the 100 block of S. Rancho Santa Fe, where he observed the vehicle mobile. The Deputy followed the vehicle and activated his emergency lights in an attempt to stop the suspect. The driver continued on and came to a stop on Grand Ave. where he fled on foot. The deputy detained a passenger, and learned that the driver lived in a mobile home park at 150 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd. At this point the deputy was joined by another deputy, and both proceeded to the address given by the passenger. The suspect was at his home and was arrested/booked for auto theft. The vehicle was recovered without sustaining any damage. On 04-10-05, a San Diego County Deputy Sheriff assigned to the San Marcos station was on patrol when he picked up the silent code of a stolen 2001 Toyota MR2, just nineteen minutes after it had been reported stolen approximately 40 miles from San Marcos. At almost the same time a second deputy received the signal, as did a third deputy. All three deputies tracked the signal to a garage in the 500 block of Barham St. At this point the San Marcos Auto Theft Detective was called out and ultimately wrote up and executed a search warrant for the garage. Inside of the garage the detective and deputies found the stolen vehicle along with other car parts. Follow up investigation revealed that there is an acquaintance between the “victim” and “suspect”. The Department of Insurance has been notified and is assisting with the investigation. On 4-10-05, within minutes of the LoJack system activating, officers from LAPD Harbor Division picked up the LoJack signal from the victim’s stolen 2001 Honda Accord. The officers tracked the signal to 100 N. Armona Ct. and observed two suspects standing by the vehicle. The suspects attempted to leave the scene but were quickly taken into custody. One suspect was questioned and released but the other suspect was arrested for 602 WIC 487 (D) PC (GTA). Harbor Detectives are investigating the case.
  • 5. On 4-11-05, officers from LAPD Northeast Division were in route to their patrol area, when they picked up the LoJack signal from the victim’s stolen 1995 GMC Jimmy. The officers were able to track the signal to 1st Street and Los Angeles Street where they observed one male suspect driving the vehicle. The officers requested backup units to assist in the stop. When the units were in place, the officers attempted to stop the suspect. The suspect refused to stop and the officers went in pursuit. During the pursuit, the suspect was only driving 25-30 MPH and at one point, stopped the vehicle in front of a house where a woman, later identified as his mother, came out to the vehicle and talked to the suspect. As the officers approached the suspect, he again sped off with the officers in hot pursuit. The suspect drove around the area and again stopped in front of his mother’s house. This time she was able to talk the suspect into surrendering to the officers. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and arrested for 10851 VC (DWOC). The suspect was in possession of two ‘Shaved Keys’, which he utilized to steal the vehicle. Rampart Detectives are handling the investigation. On 04-12-05, LAPD Van Nuys patrol officers picked up a silent signal from the stolen 2002 Audi AA4 on their on-board LOJACK tracking computer during routine patrol duties. The officers tracked the silent signal while broadcasting the information to other units in the area. The officers located the stolen vehicle in the area of the Police Station and observed two suspects inside the vehicle. Officers conducted a traffic stop and took the suspects into custody for 10851 (a) VC (DWOC) without incident. Investigation revealed that the suspects had taken the keys from the victims other vehicle during a Burglary. The driver was filed on for 459 PC (Burglary), 459 PC (BFMV), and 10851 VC. (DWOC). The passenger was filed on for 10851 (a) VC (DWOC). Detectives from LAPD Van Nuys Division are handling the investigation. On 04-12-05, a San Diego County Sheriffs’ Deputy, assigned to Lemon Grove, was on patrol when he picked up the silent code of a stolen 2001 Toyota Prius. He tracked the signal to the 7800 block of Broadway where he observed the vehicle unoccupied. Because this was a fresh stolen, he notified the Station Detectives who responded for surveillance. Two detectives responded in one un-marked van and another detective responded in a second un-marked van. Within a few minutes an individual with a backpack was seen who seemed to have an interest in the vehicle. At this point, one of the detectives moved his vehicle closer to the stolen vehicle to better observe the activities. At the same time a second individual was walking down the street toward the stolen vehicle. The person with the backpack asked him “Do you know if LoJack sends out vans to track their stolen cars?” The person with the backpack then walked over to the undercover van and asked, “Are you a police officer?” The detective confirmed that he was a police officer and the suspect walked away. After walking approximately 100 feet from the vehicle, he turned around and walked back toward the stolen car. The detectives made contact with the suspect wearing the backpack and discovered he had property belonging to the victim of the stolen car. When the detectives contacted the second person that had showed up at the scene, it was determined he did not have any involvement in the theft of the vehicle. However he did have a “no bail” warrant issued in Hawaii. Both individuals were arrested and booked on appropriate charges and the vehicle was recovered without sustaining any damage. On 4-13-05, officers from the LAPD Hollenbeck Division picked up the silent code of a stolen 1992 Honda Accord reported earlier from the W. LA Division. They tracked the signal to the 220 block of Chestnut Ave and observed the vehicle parked in a driveway of a residence. They also noted two individuals standing near the vehicle and also noted the vehicle had been “cold plated”. A short time later, the two male adults
  • 6. entered the vehicle and began backing out of the driveway. Officers deployed on the vehicle taking the suspects into custody without incident. Night detectives responded to the scene and obtained consent to search the garage. They found a firewall and VIN plate, which came back to one of the suspects who lived at the location. They also learned that the suspect had a collision in his old Honda and the firewall and Vin matched the “cold plate” on the stolen. Apparently the suspects intended to Vin switch the stolen Honda. The detective supervisor is continuing the investigation. Suspects were booked for felony GTA. On 4-14-05, officers from the El Monte PD picked up the silent signal of a stolen 1991 Lincoln Town Car and tracked it to the area of Cogswell and Bryant where they observed the vehicle parked. They observed a male adult standing next to the vehicle, which had keys in the ignition and it’s engine running. The suspect was detained and questioned. He informed the officers that he was washing the vehicle for his aunt but denied stealing the vehicle; He was placed under arrest and later booked VC 10851 DWOC. The vehicle was later released to the owner, undamaged. On 04-14-05, LASD patrol deputies picked up a silent signal from the stolen 2003 Honda Civic on their on-board LoJack tracking computer during routine patrol duties. The deputies tracked the stolen vehicle to the area of Gillian Street and Ave J-3, where they observed the vehicle parked. While additional deputies responded to the location to set up surveillance on the vehicle, the suspect drove the vehicle from the location. The deputies conducted a traffic stop, and took the suspect into custody for 487 (d) PC (GTA) without incident. Detectives from LASD Lancaster Station are handling this investigation. On 04-18-05, Air- ABLE 1 was on routine flight operations when they picked up the silent code of the stolen 1991 Nissan Pathfinder. They tracked the signal to a street in San Diego PD Southeastern Division and notified ground units. Officers responded to the location, and as they were nearing the vehicle, they observed it drive away. The officers stopped the vehicle and took the suspect into custody without incident. Before the suspect was booked for auto theft, he provided valuable information regarding auto theft activity in the area. The vehicle was recovered without receiving any damage. On 4-19-05, deputies from LASD Temple and Norwalk Stations picked up the silent signal of a stolen 2001 Saturn SL reported earlier after the owner discovered she left the keys in the ignition and watched as a suspect drove off. LASD Air-7 overheard the radio traffic and responded towards that area when the units indicated they had lost the moving signal. As Air-7 reached the City of Bell Flower, they picked up the signal and tracked it to a parking lot neat Alondra Blvd and the 605 Freeway. They were then notified that CHP was setting up surveillance on the vehicle and began pulling off the vehicle. The flight deputies then observed the vehicle drive off, but did not see a CHP black and white, so they radioed units from the Bell Flower Station and contacted a Special Assignment Team unit, directing them to the moving vehicle. A felony traffic stop was initiated and the suspects, one male adult and one male Juvenile were taken into custody without further incident. Deputies from Norwalk station responded and took custody of the adult driver. The Special Assignment unit handled the Juvenile as they also had a probation officer riding with them that processed the Juvenile. The vehicle was later released to its owner, undamaged. On 4-19-05, within hours of the LoJack system activating, LAPD Air 11 flight officers picked up the LoJack signal from the victim’s stolen 1999 Toyota Camry. The Air Unit called for ground units to assist in the search. Officers from 77th Street Division responded and the Air Unit observed the vehicle parked in a rear yard, located in the 1400 block of W. 99th Street. The ground units requested LASD units to the location, which was in the County. As the officers were waiting, the Air Unit observed a female suspect enter the vehicle and drive away. The ground units conducted a felony traffic stop, taking the suspect into custody without incident. The suspect was arrested for 10851 VC (DWOC). The suspect had a key, which worked in the vehicle ignition and doors. 77th Street Detectives are investigating the case. On 4-20-05, deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s San Clemente Station picked up the silent signal of a stolen 1998 Chrysler Sebring. After obtaining the description, they tracked it to and alley at San
  • 7. Gabriel and S. El Camino Real and observed the vehicle. They approached the vehicle and saw two males sitting inside. Both suspects, one male adult and one male Juvenile were taken into custody without further incident. The deputies asked the driver if the vehicle was his to which he stated, “No, I presume it’s stolen”. Both suspects were taken to the station and booked. The vehicle was later released to the owner, undamaged. On 4-21-05, officers from the Redlands PD picked up the silent signal of a stolen 2000 Honda Civic while patrolling their city. After obtaining the description, they continued tracking until they located the vehicle parked and occupied at Fern Ave and Michigan St. The officers deployed on the vehicle and arrested one male adult and one male Juvenile without further incident. The officers later booked the driver, VC 10851 DWOC and detained the Juvenile. The vehicle was later released to its owner, undamaged. On 04-22-05, a National City Police Officer was on patrol near 24 th and D Streets, when she picked up the silent code of a stolen 1999 Honda Civic reported by San Diego PD. She started tracking the signal and another Officer also picked up the silent code. Both Officers tracked the signal to a residence in the 2000 block of “F” Avenue, where they observed the vehicle parked, unoccupied, in the driveway. One of the Officers contacted a person in the backyard and was given information as to who had control of the vehicle. A suspect in the house was arrested/booked for auto theft and the vehicle was recovered with minimal damage. On 04-23-05, San Diego County Sheriffs’ Air Operations ASTREA was flying in the El Cajon area when they picked up the silent code of a stolen 1987 Honda Accord, reported by Dan Diego PD. They tracked the signal to a shopping center, but before observing the vehicle, they realized it was moving W/B on I#8. Ground units had been apprised of their operation, and a deputy assigned to the Santee station, who was W/B on I#8, saw the vehicle overtake his patrol car. He attempted to stop the stolen car, but it fled W/B on I#8. After a short pursuit, due to the erratic driving of the suspect, the pursuit was terminated and ASTREA continued to observe the vehicle. After a short distance, the suspect lost control of the car and was involved in a minor accident. When the Deputy arrived on the scene, ASTREA directed him to the location of the suspect. The Deputy took the suspect into custody and booked him for appropriate charges relating to the stolen vehicle and other charges relating to his evading arrest. On 4-25-05, Air- ABLE flight officers were patrolling various cities in Orange County when they picked up the silent signal of a stolen 1993 Honda Accord in the area of Grand Ave and Eddinger St. After obtaining the description, they continued tracking the signal into the City of Santa Ana where they located the vehicle parked and unoccupied in the 900 block of Bishop. As they were directing ground units from Santa Ana PD to the location, they observed a male enter the vehicle in the driver’s side. The ground units rolled to the location and when the suspect saw the units, he bailed on foot and ran from the scene. A foot pursuit ended 1 ½ blocks away when the suspect apparently ran out of steam and was taken into custody without further incident. The suspect was taken to the Santa Ana jail and booked for vehicle theft. The vehicle was later released to its owner, with minor ignition damage. On 4-25-05, an officer from the California Highway Patrol Sante Fe Springs area was W/B on the 105 Freeway at Lakewood Blvd when he picked up the silent signal of a stolen 2005 Acura RSX. After identifying the vehicle’s signal, he noted the signal was pointing to his rear. As the signal increased, the stolen Acura drove past him also W/B on the 105 Freeway. The officer began following the stolen vehicle and with the assistance of other units, affected a felony traffic stop on the 105 Freeway at Atlantic Blvd taking the sole occupant into custody without further incident. The suspect was taken to LASD Norwalk Station and booked VC 10851 DWOC. The vehicle was stored and undamaged.
  • 8. On 04-25-05, the owner of the vehicle was the victim of an armed car jacking. He notified the police who, after processing the stolen report entered the Hyundai information into the law enforcement statewide stolen vehicle system (SVS/NCIC) computer. Within an hour of the vehicle being reported stolen, LASD Deputies from the Lennox Station were tracking the stolen 2001 Hyundai Accent, reported by the Whittier PD. The deputies were guided to a Home Depot parking lot at 3363 Century Boulevard, where the three suspects had parked the vehicle and had gone inside the store. The deputies’ set up a stakeout of the vehicle and within minutes, the suspects exited the store, got into the vehicle and started to drive away. The deputies quickly deployed on the vehicle, taking the suspects into custody without incident. The driver suspect was arrested for 10851 VC (DWOC) and 607 PC. The other two suspects were questioned and released in the field. Whittier Detectives are handling the case. On April 26, 2005, 6 pm, Lexmark Trucking in Southern California called Pomona Police Department to report that their 1998 Freightliner tractor-trailer was stolen. This police report automatically activated the hidden LoJack transponder in the victim’s vehicle as the stolen information is entered into the California Department of Justice Stolen Vehicle System (SVS) computer. At about 1030 pm and 400 miles north, California Highway Patrol Officers assigned to the San Jose Office and Milpitas Police Officers (South Bay Area of N/Cal) began tracking the silent LoJack signal from the victim’s Freightliner Tractor on their LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC). Officers tracked the silent LoJack signal to a motel in the 400 block of Main Street in the City of Milpitas, where the officers located the stolen truck in the motel parking lot. Officers determined that the driver of the stolen truck was inside one of the motel rooms. Using a ruse, officers got the suspect to exit the motel where he was taking into custody. The suspect was questioned and booked for Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft Property. The victim was contacted and made arrangements to have the undamaged vehicle taken back to Southern California. On 04-26-05, San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputies assigned to Lemon Grove Station, were on patrol when they picked up the silent code of a stolen 1990 Jeep Cherokee (within three minutes of activation), which had been reported to the Bear Valley PD approximately 400 miles north of Lemon Grove. They began tracking the signal, which was also picked by two detective units that were in the area. They tracked the signal for approximately one to two miles and observed the stolen Jeep parked in a driveway of a residence. Surveillance was set up a short distance away, and after approximately thirty minutes, a male suspect exited the house. The suspect got in the vehicle and backed into a driveway across the street. The units deployed taking the suspect into custody without incident. He was arrested and booked for auto theft and the Jeep was recovered without sustaining any damage. On 04-27-05, Orange County Sheriff’s Flight Deputies flying in Air “DUKE” acquired the signal from the Westminster PD stolen 1999 Dodge Dakota Truck, within twelve minutes of activation. The flight deputies began tracking the signal into the City of Westminster and requested Westminster PD ground unit assistance. The signal was “isolated” to the intersection of Magnolia and Edinger, where the vehicle was observed in a mini-mart parking lot. Westminster PD ground units were directed to the location by the air unit, and took a female adult occupant in the drivers seat into custody without incident. She was arrested and booked for Auto Theft and Receiving Stolen Property and the undamaged vehicle was towed and stored. On 04-28-05, a Chula Vista Police Officer was on patrol near Melrose and Orange when he picked up the silent code of a stolen 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer, reported earlier by his department. He tracked the signal to the 200 Block of Ranier Street and observed the vehicle parked and unoccupied. Other units were advised of the location and surveillance was set up on the vehicle. After a short time a suspect got in the vehicle and drove away. The suspect was stopped and questioned about his possession of the vehicle. He was ultimately arrested/booked for auto theft and the vehicle was recovered, undamaged. On 4-28-05, within minutes of the LoJack system activating, LAPD Officers working 77th Street Division picked up the LoJack signal from the victim’s stolen 2001 Toyota Prius, reported to LAPD Pacific Division. The officers tracked the signal to the area of Hoover and 80 th Streets and observed one suspect
  • 9. driving the vehicle. The officers requested backup units and when they arrived, conducted a felony traffic stop, taking the suspect into custody without incident. The suspect admitted to finding the vehicle keys on the beach and stealing the vehicle. The suspect was arrested for 487(D) PC (GTA). 77th Street Detectives are handling the case. On 4-29-05, two dangerous suspects being held at a Juvenile detention camp armed themselves with a knife and took three camp employees hostage. The suspects then took an employee’s personal vehicle and made good their escape. The police entered the Toyota information into the law enforcement statewide stolen vehicle system (SVS/NCIC) computer. This routine entry automatically activates the hidden LoJack transponder via the vehicle identification number (VIN) match with the LoJack computer interface. The police were tracking the signal within minutes of the activation. Officers working LAPD 77 th Street Division picked up the LoJack signal from the victims stolen 2002 Toyota Tacoma and tracked it to the area of Western Avenue and 68th Street, where they observed the vehicle parked and unoccupied. The officers notified Detectives and set up a stakeout on the vehicle. While waiting for the Detectives to respond, they observed one of the escapees get into the vehicle and drive away. The officers requested backup units and when they arrived, conducted a high-risk felony traffic stop, taking the suspect into custody. LASD Lost Hills Detectives are investigating the case. On 04-30-05, officers from the Claremont Police Department picked up a silent signal from the Arcadia PD stolen 1999 Lexus 400, on their on-board LoJack tracking computer during routine patrol duties. The officers tracked the stolen vehicle from the area of Baseline and Grand Avenue to the area of Orangewood and Sullivan Street. The officers observed the vehicle stop, and two suspects exit the vehicle. The officers conducted a traffic stop, and took the suspects into custody for 10851 VC (DWOC) without incident. Officers found evidence inside of the vehicle connecting them to numerous Burglaries from Motor Vehicles thefts in the area. Detectives from the Claremont Police Department are handling this investigation. On 04-30-05, within three minutes of activation, Costa Mesa PD Air “EAGLE” Flight Officers acquired the silent signal from the stolen 2000 Saturn SL, reported by Garden Grove PD. They were in the vicinity of 5th and New Hope, in the City of Santa Ana, when they acquired the activation. Initiating a broadcast that they were tracking the stolen vehicle, they requested ground unit assistance. “EAGLE” tracked the “moving” signal and located the vehicle in a residential neighborhood in the 300 block of North Susan Street, where the suspects parked and exited the vehicle and entered a residence. Not wanting to “spook” the suspects, “EAGLE” did not illuminate them, but waited until the ground units arrived. The responding units contained the location and as officers approached the house the suspects attempted to flee via the rear yard. Too late! They ran right into the waiting arms of Santa Ana’s finest and were taken into custody without incident. The suspects were arrested and booked for Auto Theft and Receiving Stolen Property and the undamaged vehicle was returned to the owner.