To: ALL LOJACK/SVRN Coordinators
From: Ted Saraf, Law Enforcement Liaison
LoJack Corporation – So. California Operations
Re: Monthly Update Report for May 04, Southern California:
Total number of “chop shops” and or “rings” for LoJack system So. CA= 204
HIGHLIGHT ACTIVITIES FOR THE MONTH OF May2004:
LoJack of LOS ANGELES COUNTY: On 5-12-04, CHP South LA patrol units picked
up the silent signal of a stolen 2000 Honda Civic only minutes after entry into the stolen
system. The officers tracked the silent signal to the 12300 block of Halo Dr, city of
Lynwood, where they located the vehicle parked on the front lawn of a residence. The
officers backed off and established an “eye” on the vehicle notifying CHP ISU
Investigators. CHP Southern Division ISU Investigators arrived and set up surveillance.
They watched as numerous male suspects conducted counter surveillance by walking in
the area, driving in the area and posting lookouts. The investigators indicated that within
ten minutes, the suspects stripped the Honda of it’s doors, hood, and bumpers, placing
them in another vehicle. One of the suspects drove off in the stripped Honda and dumped
it a distance away. When he returned, the investigators, assisted by CHP So LA and E/
LA patrol units, deployed and detained 5 suspects. The driver of the Honda eluded the
officers, however, was soon apprehended as his home. Four suspects were booked for
PC 487 (d) GTA and the vehicle with parts, recovered.
LoJack of SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: On 05-05-04, Fontana PD Flight Officers
flying “Air-44” acquired the activation from the Riverside Sheriff’s Stolen 1998 Honda
Civic, and isolated the signal to the 1500 block of Mission Boulevard in the City of Ontario.
“Air-44” advised Ontario PD and ground units responded to the area to assist. The stolen
vehicle was located parked in a motel parking lot in that block and surveillance was
established on the vehicle. Approximately one and one-half hours later, two suspects (one
male and female adult) approached and entered the vehicle. The male suspect was
driving and the units conducted a felony vehicle stop W/B on Mission Boulevard, just a
short distance from the motel. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident.
The driver admitted that he knew the vehicle was stolen, but took a chance on driving it
anyway. The driver was arrested for Auto Theft and Receiving Stolen Property, and the
female for unrelated outstanding warrants. The vehicle, which was undamaged, was
towed and stored.
LOJACK of SAN DIEGO COUNTY: On 05-12-04, SDPD Air “ABLE 1” picked up the
silent code of the stolen 2003 Toyota Tacoma. After broadcasting the information, a San
Diego Police Officer assigned to Northern Division also picked up the signal and tracked it
to a house in the Claremont area. He was joined by the officer that had taken the original
report. From talking to witnesses at the scene, the driver was identified and detained. The
investigation revealed the suspect worked with the victim of the theft. Further that he had
obtained a duplicate key, and when the victim was at work the suspect had stolen the
vehicle. The suspect was arrested/booked for auto-theft and the vehicle was recovered
without sustaining any damage.
LoJack of ORANGE COUNTY: On 5-9-04, Huntington Beach PD Air “HB-1” flight
officers picked up the silent signal of a stolen 2003 Chevrolet Impala while in the area of
First and New Hope and tracked it to the area of the 400 block of New Hope. Officers from
Santa Ana PD responded with LoJack equipped vehicles and pinpointed the signal to the
west-side of an apartment. As they approached that side, they observed 5 male
individuals inside the vehicle. The officers deployed on the suspect taking them into
custody without further incident. The suspects were later booked and the vehicle released
to it’s owner, undamaged.
LoJack of RIVERSIDE COUNTY: On 05-05-04, a Santa Ana Police Department K-9
unit en-route to a training day, acquired the activation from the Riverside PD stolen 1996
Honda Civic. The officer was E/B on the 60 Freeway at Country Village Road in the
Pedley Area, which is an unincorporated region of Riverside County. He began tracking
the signal, isolating it to Mission Boulevard and Lindsey, where C.H.P Dispatch was
notified. CHP Inland Division ISU (Investigative Services Unit) responded to the area
with a portable LoJack tracker and also acquired the signal. The units then “pinpointed”
the signal to a closed garage at a residence in the 4000 block of Lindsey, where they
observed one male adult suspect at the side driveway. This suspect was detained and
while he was being questioned, a second suspect appeared from the side entrance. The
Santa Ana PD Officer observed the green Honda inside the garage. Both suspects were
detained for auto theft investigation and the officers received a “consent to search” from
the owner of the property. Officers recovered the stolen vehicle, which was in the process
of being stripped, along with numerous other vehicle registrations and paperwork. Six of
these vehicles were reported stolen/burglarized vehicles. Both suspects were arrested for
“Chop Shop” operation, Auto Theft, Burglary From Motor Vehicle and Receiving Stolen
Property. One suspect was also a wanted Federal Fugitive for spousal abuse. Further
investigation will be conducted by CHP/ISU to identify other possible stolen vehicles. This
is “Chop Shop” number 201 for the LoJack system.
LoJack of Ventura County: On 05-24-04, California Highway Patrol ISU officers picked up the
silent signal from the stolen 2004 Nissan Titan on their portable LOJACK tracking computer after
receiving notification of an activation in their area. The officers tracked the stolen vehicle to the area of
Telegraph Road and Emma Ave, in the city of Ventura. The officers observed the stolen vehicle being
driven by one male suspect. The officers conducted a traffic stop, were they took the suspect into
custody for 10851 V.C. (DWOC), and 496 (d) PC, without incident. The suspect admitted to sealing the
vehicle and that the ignition keys were left in the passenger front door. The suspect was also in
possession of stolen property, which was stolen is an unrelated theft. The investigation is being
conducted by CHP, ISU Detectives.
LoJack of IMPERIAL COUNTY: No notable activities in May 04.
MEXICO RECOVERIES: The California Highway Patrol Mexico Liaison unit recovered five (5)
LoJack equipped stolen vehicles from Mexico during the month of May 04.
Agencies posting custody incidents at termination of tracking were as follows: The
victim was unloading groceries out of her vehicle and had left the vehicle running. An
unknown suspect stole her vehicle while she was inside the house. On 5-1-04, LAPD
“Air 3” picked up the LoJack signal of the victim’s stolen 1997 Pontiac Sunfire. The air
unit observed the vehicle parked and unoccupied in the rear of a parking lot at 6312 S.
Crenshaw Blvd. The air unit directed the Ground unit to the vehicle’s location. While the
officers were impounding the vehicle, a suspect came up to them and advised them
that the vehicle was his and he had bought the vehicle the previous day (day before it
was stolen). The suspect was interviewed and arrested for 487(d)PC (GTA). The
officers observed several other vehicles at the location, which the suspect had also
claimed to have bought. None of those vehicles were reported stolen but the detectives
are checking with the registered owners.
On 05-03-04, a San Bernardino Sheriff’s Deputy assigned to the Highland Station
acquired the activation from the Sheriff’s Central Station stolen 2004 Honda Accord. The
deputy tracked and located the stolen vehicle backed into a parking space in an
apartment complex in the 16800 block of Hillview Street. Detectives assigned to the
County Auto Theft Taskforce (SANCATT), monitored the radio transmission and
responded to the location to assist. SANCATT Detectives established surveillance on the
vehicle and sometime later observed a male adult suspect approach the vehicle, but he
entered another Toyota at the location and drove off. He returned, entering the stolen
vehicle and drove off again. The vehicle was followed to an alley off of 21 st Street between
Reedy and Orange, where the units observed the suspect with another male adult at an
open garage. As they entered the alley the driver fled on foot, but was apprehended on
the next block by units on the perimeter. The detectives located the second male who
indicated that the suspect had thrown something on the roof of the adjacent building when
he ran. The key to the vehicle was retrieved from the roof and the suspect, a California
Youth Authority parolee, was arrested for Auto Theft and Parole Violation. The vehicle
was towed and stored with no damage.
On 5-3-04, within minutes of the LoJack system activating, officers from Long
Beach PD that were assigned to the Harbor West TRAP Team, picked up the LoJack
signal from the victim’s stolen 1990 Nissan Pathfinder. The officers tracked the signal to
Pacific Coast Highway and Pine Ave, where they observed two suspects in the vehicle.
The officers conducted a felony traffic stop on the vehicle when the suspects quickly
pulled the vehicle to the curb and fled on foot. The officers caught the passenger
suspect and found a photocopy of the drivers license of the driver suspect inside the
vehicle. The passenger gave the officers the name of her co-suspect, which matched
the information on the copy of the license they had found in the vehicle. The officers
later conducted a follow up and arrested the driver suspect. Both suspects were
arrested for 487(d) PC (GTA).
On 5-6-04, officers from the CHP W. LA station picked up the LoJack signal from
the victim’s stolen 2001 Honda Civic. The officers tracked the signal to Pacific Coast
Highway and Frampton Ave, where they observed one female suspect driving the
vehicle. The officers conducted a felony traffic stop and took the suspect into custody
without incident. The suspect advised the officers that she got the vehicle from her
boyfriend and took the officers to his location. The officers “door knocked” the
apartment and talked to the boyfriend. The boyfriend admitted stealing the vehicle from
his mother and allowing his girlfriend to drive it. The officers also recovered a
substantial amount of drugs at the suspect’s apartment. The suspect was arrested for
10851 VC (DWOC) and unrelated drug charges.
On 5-6-04, within minutes of the LoJack system activating, officers from the Long
Beach PD picked up the LoJack signal from the victim’s stolen 1998 Nissan Maxima.
The officers tracked the signal to the area of 20th Street and Long Beach Blvd, where
they observed the vehicle parked and unoccupied. The officers notified officers from the
Harbor West TRAP Team who responded and conducted a stake out of the vehicle.
Long Beach Air Fox also responded to assist in the stakeout. After a short time, they
observed a suspect enter the stolen vehicle and drive away. The officers conducted a
felony traffic stop and the suspect was taken into custody without incident. The suspect
was arrested for 487 (d) PC (GTA). The suspect is part of a two-man auto theft ring that
has been plaguing the Harbor and South Bay areas. The other suspect was
apprehended the day prior also driving a another stolen LoJack equipped vehicle. The
Harbor West TRAP team is currently conducting the investigation. Detectives classified
this incident as a “theft ring”, #202 for LoJack system.
On 05-06-04, LAPD Van Nuys patrol officers picked up a silent signal from the stolen 1991
Nissan Pathfinder on their on-board LOJACK tracking computer during routine patrol duties. The
officers tracked the silent signal to the area of the 17400 block of Burbank Blvd. The
officers observed the stolen vehicle parked, with one suspect inside. The suspect
admitted stealing the Nissan Pathfinder, and with the theft of another vehicle. The
suspect was taken into custody for 10851 VC, (DWOC), without incident. LAPD Van
Nuys Detectives are handling the investigation.
On 5-7-04, deputies from the LASD Lakewood station picked up the silent signal
from a stolen 2003 GMC Yukon while in the area of Alondra Blvd and Virginia in the city of
Bellflower. As they were tracking the signal, they noted that it was moving and as they
reached the area of Virginia and Hagle, the vehicle drove by them, east bound on Hagle.
They turned around and caught up to the vehicle, confirming the license, they attempted a
felony stop, but the suspect did not comply. A short chase ended when the suspect hit a
curb and blew out the front tire. The suspect bailed from the vehicle on foot into a housing
area. Deputies contained the area while Canine deputies responded. A short time later, a
Canine Deputy and his Canine located the suspect in the 15700 block of Faculty Ave and
took a “bite out of crime”. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident. The
suspect was later booked for various felony charges and the vehicle impounded with
minor damage to it’s tire.
On 05-07-04, an Escondido Police Officer was on patrol when he picked up the
silent code of a stolen 2003 Ford Ranger. He tracked the signal for a short distance and
then observed the vehicle parked with three suspects inside. The officer activated his
emergency lights and detained the suspects. The suspects were arrested for auto theft
and the vehicle was recovered without sustaining any damage.
On 05-08-04, LAPD Rampart Division patrol officers picked up a silent signal from the stolen
1994 Ford Escort on their on-board LOJACK tracking computer during routine patrol duties. The
officers tracked the stolen vehicle to the area of the 1200 block of Alvarado Street. The
officers set up surveillance on the vehicle. The officers observed one male suspect
enter the vehicle and drive away. The officers conducted a traffic stop at Westmoreland
Ave and Venice Blvd, were the suspect was taken into custody for 10851 VC (DWOC),
without incident. Further investigation revealed that the suspect was the boyfriend of
the victim, and had permission to drive the vehicle. The suspect was released with no
charges pending. Rampart detectives conducted the investigation.
On 05-10-04, (two hours after activation) LAPD Foothill Division Officers
picked up the silent signal from the stolen 2000 Caterpillar Backhoe on their on-board
LOJACK tracking computer during routine patrol duties. The officers, along with
detectives from LAPD CECATS, tracked the stolen Caterpillar Backhoe to the area of
the 11700 block of Fenton Ave, where they observed the Caterpillar parked in a yard.
An intensive follow-up investigation leads detectives to the arrest of the suspect
involved in the theft of the $150,000.00 piece of construction equipment. LAPD
CECATS Detectives are conducting the investigation.
On 5-8-04, “LASD Air-21” picked up the LoJack signal from the victim’s stolen
1990 Chevrolet Suburban. The Air Unit requested ground units to assist in the search.
Century Deputies, along with Southeast TRAP officers, searched the area and located
the vehicle parked and unoccupied at 1300 block of E. 70 th Street. The deputies and
officers “door knocked” the house at that location and talked to the owner. The owner
directed the officers to his neighbor’s house, who had asked him to store the vehicle for
him. They conducted a follow up to the neighbor’s house and talked to the suspect. The
suspect admitted getting the vehicle from another person, knowing the vehicle was
stolen and driving the stolen vehicle. The suspect was arrested for 10851 VC (DWOC)
and 496.1 PC (RSP).
On 5-10-04, within minutes of the LoJack system activating, South Gate PD
officers picked up the LoJack signal from the victim’s stolen 1998 Ford Thunderbird.
The officers tracked the signal to Long Beach Blvd and Liberty Blvd, where they
observed two suspects, one male and one female suspect in the vehicle. The officers
conducted a felony traffic stop on the vehicle and took both suspects into custody
without incident. Both suspects are known gang members and were arrested for 215
PC (Car Jacking).
On 05-10-04, Ontario PD Flight Officers in “Air-30” picked up the silent signal from
the 2003 Toyota Camry, reported stolen by the Santa Ana Police Department within
thirty minutes of activation. They picked up the signal in the vicinity of Holt and San
Antonio and isolated it to the E/B Interstate 10 Freeway, where they observed the
possible stolen vehicle E/B from Euclid and notified responding ground units. They also
advised that the vehicle license plates had been removed. They followed the vehicle into
the City of Fontana, where ground units took over the following. Two male adult suspects
occupied the vehicle, which had a DMV temporary operating permit in the rear window.
The vehicle was stopped on the Sierra Avenue off- ramp where the suspects were taken
into custody without incident. The VIN verified the stolen vehicle status and the DMV
sticker was falsified. Both suspects were arrested for Auto Theft and Receiving Stolen
Property. The passenger, a parolee, was also held for Parole Violation and the vehicle
was towed and stored with no damage.
On 05-10-04, CHP Border Division Flight Officers flying “Air-61” (fixed wing
aircraft), acquired the activation from the Desert Hot Spring PD stolen 2004 Mazda
Protégé, while conducting routine flight operations in the region. “Air-61” initiated an area
wide broadcast of the stolen vehicle information and notified DHS PD that the signal was
in the N/E portion of the city. Two sergeants in the station monitored the broadcast and
responded from the station in a LoJack equipped police vehicle. As they were exiting the
station parking lot, they too picked up the signal, which appeared to be moving. They
tracked and isolated the signal to the area of the 67000 block of San Ardo Road, where
they located the vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence. They observed one male
adult suspect walking away from the vehicle and enter the location. Assisted by other
responding DHS units the occupants were ordered from the residence. Several people
complied, except the suspect who was observed entering when the arrived. The suspect
(out on bail for weapons possession) was located in a bedroom pretending to be asleep.
He was taken into custody without incident and arrested for Commission of a Crime while
out on bail, Auto Theft and Receiving Stolen Property. The vehicle, which sustained
ignition damage, was released to the victim.
On 05-12-04, a San Diego County Sheriffs’ Deputy assigned to San Marcos was
on patrol when he picked up the silent code of a stolen 1996 Toyota pick-up just four
minutes after it was reported stolen to the Vista Sheriffs’ station. He tracked the
signal for approximately two miles and isolated it to a residential garage. After contacting
the residents of the house, they willing acknowledged the Toyota was in their garage.
Further, that the owner had asked them to store it in their garage for awhile. Continuing
investigation revealed that the owner was having mechanical problems and was going to
file a loss with his insurance company. He was quite surprised his vehicle was equipped
with LoJack. The owner was cited for appropriate charges and the vehicle was removed
from the Stolen Vehicle System.
On 5-13-04, the victim had taken his vehicle to the dealer to be serviced. He had
left the keys in the vehicle while he went to the service desk. The suspect, who was
waiting nearby, quickly got into the victim’s vehicle and drove away. The victim
immediately notified police. Within minutes of the LoJack system activating, LAPD “Air 8”
picked up the LoJack signal from the victim’s stolen 2002 Chevrolet Corvette. “Air 8”
broadcasted the stolen information and within minutes, 77th Division Officers had picked
up the signal and were following the vehicle. The officers attempted a felony traffic
stop when the suspect fled in the vehicle. “Air 8: assisted and “Air 3” was the “high bird”
during the suspect’s attempt to flee the police. The suspect was eventually taken into
custody and arrested for 10851 VC (DWOC) and several other felony charges. The
case is being investigated by LAPD South Traffic Division. LASD Carson Detectives are
currently investigating the suspect’s involvement in several other similar type car thefts.
On 05-14-04, a San Diego County Sheriffs’ Deputy assigned to the Lemon Grove
Station was on patrol, near Bancroft and Valencia Ave, when he picked up the silent code
of a stolen 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe. As he was tracking the signal he observed the vehicle
traveling in the opposite direction. The vehicle continued for a short distance and then four
suspects jumped out of the vehicle and fled. A search of the area was made and the
suspects were found in the back yard of a nearby residence. The suspects were arrested
and the vehicle was recovered with minimal damage.
On 5-14-04, officers from LAPD 77th Division, picked up the LoJack signal from
the victim’s stolen 1997 Jeep. The officers tracked the signal to 98th Street and Western
Ave, where they observed the vehicle parked and unoccupied. The officers set up a
stakeout on the vehicle and within a few minutes, they observed one female suspect
get into the vehicle and drive away. The officers conducted a felony traffic stop on the
vehicle and took the suspect into custody without incident. The officers arrested the
victim’s niece for 10851 VC (DWOC).
On 5-16-04, a deputy from the SBSO Apple Valley Station entered a LoJack
equipped patrol vehicle at his station and immediately picked up the silent signal of a
stolen 2002 Mitsubishi that had been entered earlier. He tracked the signal to the 15400
block of Tonakai, where he observed the vehicle containing the suspect. Upon seeing the
deputy, the suspect ran from the vehicle. Another assisting deputy had responded and
located the suspect hiding about a block away behind a business on Hwy 18 and
Rancherias. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident and later booked
VC 10851 DWOC. The vehicle was later returned to it’s owner, undamaged.
On 5-18-04, a CHP officer from Sante Fe Springs received a LoJack silent signal
on a 2003 EZ-GO Golf Cart as he transitioned the E/B 91 Freeway and Bloomfield. After
identifying the vehicle thru Dispatch, he continued tracking the signal. The officer located
the vehicle in the 1500 block of Lancelot City of Norwalk. He observed a flat bed truck
parked in a driveway with a large object covered with a tarp. As he neared, a male adult
walked away from the vehicle towards a residence. That subject was detained as the
signal was pinpointed directly towards the truck with the covered object. An assisting
officer arrived, at which time, they looked under the tarp and discovered the stolen golf
cart. The suspect a “parolee” admitted he found the golf cart at a construction site earlier.
The golf cart had its top cut off, all numbers removed and was repainted. The owners
responded to the location and took custody of the golf cart. The suspect was later booked
for PC 496 Receiving Stolen Property and Parole Violation.
NOTE: this was the first golf cart stolen and recovered by LoJack in So. Calif.
On 05-18-04, Ontario PD Flight Officers in “Air-10” picked up the silent signal from
the 2000 Honda Civic EX, reported stolen by the California State University Los Angeles
PD. “Air-10” acquired the signal within fourteen minutes of activation, as they lifted
off from the airport. They tracked the signal N/B to the area of 6 th Street and Corona.
Responding ground units also acquired the signal and observed the vehicle N/B Corona
as they were approaching S/B. Two male suspects occupied the vehicle, which turned
onto Hawthorne to N/B Orange. The officers had negotiated a U-turn and as they were
approaching the vehicle both occupants fled on foot. The passenger was apprehended
just a short distance from the vehicle, however the driver eluded capture. The officers
observed that the vehicle had been equipped with a steering wheel locking device, which
had been removed and thrown on the floorboard. The suspect who was apprehended
was arrested for Receiving Stolen Property and possession of Marijuana. The vehicle was
towed and stored with minor ignition and steering wheel damage.
On 05-19-04, Hemet PD Officers responded to a GTA just occurred radio call,
where, a 2001 Pontiac Grand AM was taken. The keys were left in the vehicle. They were
also advised that the vehicle was LoJack equipped. The stolen vehicle data was entered
into the state stolen vehicle system and officers acquired the signal, within five minutes
of activation. The officers were in the area of the 2300 block Oakland Street when they
picked up the signal and tracked it to the 4000 block of Roxbury (approximately two
miles), where they observed the vehicle parked in front of a residence. The suspect, a
male juvenile, was exiting the vehicle as the officers arrived. Upon seeing the police the
suspect fled on foot and a foot pursuit ensued. Following a short foot pursuit the juvenile
suspect was apprehended and taken into custody without further incident. He was
arrested and detained for Auto Theft, Receiving Stolen Property and Narcotics
possession. The vehicle, which was undamaged, except for minor traffic accident damage
was released to the owner.
On 05-19-04, the victim reported his vehicle stolen to San Diego Police Eastern
Division. Within a few minutes “ABLE-1” picked up the signal and then officers assigned
to Mid-City started receiving the signal. A few minutes after that, officers assigned to
Southeastern Division also started receiving the signal. The officers tracked the signal to a
parking lot and observed the suspects sitting in the vehicle. Because the victim had left
the keys in the vehicle prior to the theft, the suspects stated someone had just given them
the vehicle to drive prior to the officer’s arrival. However, the suspects had personal items
on them that linked to the location of the theft. The suspects were arrested for auto-theft
and the vehicle was returned to the owner without sustaining any damage. The owner
was very surprised at the quick recovery because he did not know he had LoJack on his
On 05-20-04, San Diego Police Officers assigned to Southeastern Division were on
patrol when they picked up the silent signal of the stolen 1996 Buick Century just three
minutes after it was reported stolen. They notified other units in the area of the stolen
vehicle and then started tracking the signal. Within a few minutes an officer observed the
vehicle with the suspects inside. The suspects were arrested/booked for auto-theft and
the vehicle was recovered with minimal damage.
On 05-20-04, Riverside PD Flight Officers flying RPD “Air-1” acquired the silent
signal from the 2003 Nissan Altima, while flying in the vicinity of the 91 and 60 Freeway
Interchange. The vehicle had been reported stolen by Ontario PD and “Air-1” acquired
the signal within thirty-two minutes of activation. They initiated a broadcast that they
were tracking the stolen vehicle and requested ground unit assistance. Responding units
also acquired the signal in the area of 3rd and Market Streets, where they observed the
stolen vehicle, which was occupied by two male adult suspects. Awaiting arrival of
responding back-up units, the first ground units followed the vehicle to the 3800 block of
1st Street, where the suspects stopped in front of a residence. Responding units then
deployed on the vehicle taking both suspects into custody without incident. The driver, a
parolee for burglary that had just been released three weeks prior, was arrested for GTA
and Parole Violation. The passenger was released following questioning and the vehicle,
which had been partially stripped, was impounded.
On 05-21-04, a Colton Police Officer acquired the activation from the 2001
Hyundai Sonata as he was leaving the police station parking lot. The vehicle had been
reported stolen by the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department Yucaipa Station. He initiated
a broadcast of the stolen vehicle information and requested additional units to assist in the
tracking. The signal was isolated a residence in the 100 block of West “C” Street, where
officers checking the rear alley at the location observed the stolen vehicle in the yard.
They made contact with the occupants and through their investigation were able to
identify two suspects by shoe prints adjacent to the vehicle. Interviews with other
witnesses also established the two suspects with the vehicle. Both suspects were arrested
for Auto Theft and Receiving Stolen Property and one was a parolee who was booked for
Parole Violation. The vehicle was undamaged and released to the owner.
On 05-24-04, LAPD “Air 16” flight officers picked up a silent signal from the
stolen 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier on their on-board LOJACK tracking computer during
routine patrol duties. “Air 16” flight officers tracked the silent signal to the area of
Sherman Way and Topanga Cyn. LAPD West Valley Patrol units responded and
tracked the signal to Alabama Ave and Hart Street. The air unit observed the stolen
vehicle parked in the rear yard of a residence located in the 6900 block of Alabama
Ave. The officers conducted an investigation at the location and were able to identify a
female suspect, who was taken into custody for 10851 VC (DWOC) without incident.
LAPD West Valley Detectives are conducting the investigation.
On 05-24-04, a National City Police Officer was on patrol when he picked up the
silent code of the stolen 1998 Ford Mustang just three minutes after it had been
reported stolen. He tracked the signal for approximately one mile and saw the vehicle
parked at the curb. Rather than store the vehicle, he and other officers elected to wait to
see if a suspect would enter the car. After waiting for some time, a ruse was formulated in
an attempt to get the suspect to come forward. The plan worked and a suspect came
forward that was in possession of the keys to the car. The suspect was arrested/booked
for auto-theft and the vehicle was recovered without sustaining any damage.
On 5-26-04, within minutes of the LoJack activating, officers from the Long
Beach PD picked up the LoJack signal from the victim’s stolen 1999 Honda Civic. Long
Beach PD “Air Fox” located the vehicle at the 1600 block of Poppy Street and
observed several suspects stripping the vehicle. By the time it took the victim to notice
his vehicle stolen and report it to the police, the suspects had already gotten the wheels
off the vehicle and were busy removing the interior. The officers requested additional
ground units to contain the area before attempting an arrest. Once in place, the officers
sprang the trap and took four suspects into custody without incident. Their investigation
revealed that the suspects had been stealing vehicles and bringing them to this
location, stripping them and selling the parts. Three of the suspects were arrested for
487(d) PC (GTA). Detectives from Long Beach PD interviewed the suspects, several of
which are currently on Parole for GTA. They obtained addition information about how
the Chop Shop was being run and are investigating additional leads to several other
The victim had parked her vehicle leaving the doors unlocked and the keys inside
the vehicle. When the victim had discovered she’d left her keys inside the vehicle, she
returned and found the vehicle had been stolen. On 5-26-04, within minutes of the
LoJack system activating, officers from LAPD Wilshire Division picked up the LoJack
signal from the victim’s stolen 1998 Honda Accord. They tracked the signal to 11th
Street and Irolo Ave, where they observed one female suspect driving the vehicle. They
conducted a felony traffic stop and took the suspect into custody without incident. The
suspect was arrested for 10851 VC (DWOC). The suspect admitted stealing the
On 05-29-04, El Monte “Air 44” flight officers picked up a silent signal from the
stolen 1997 Mitsubishi Diamante on their on-board LOJACK tracking computer during
routine patrol duties. “Air 44” flight officers tracked the silent signal to the area of Gage
Street and Eastern Ave. The Flight officers notified Bell Gardens Police Department
dispatch of the LoJack activation. Ground units responded to the location, and tracked
the vehicle to the area of Marlow Street and Loveland Ave where they conducted a
traffic stop. Officers took the suspect into custody for 10851 VC, (DWOC), without
incident. Detectives from the Bell Gardens Police Department are handling the