From: LoJack Corporation – Southern California Operations
Total number of “chop shops” and or “rings” for LoJack system Southern California = 415
HIGHLIGHT ACTIVITIES FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2011:
LoJack of LOS ANGELES COUNTY:
On 7-9-11, within thirty four minutes of the LoJack system activating, LAPD officers flying Air-11 picked up the LoJack signal from the victim's stolen 1997 Mercedes E320. Air-11 directed Newton Division ground units to the vehicle's parked location. The ground officers observed the vehicle parked in the parking lot of liquor store located in the 5000 block of S. Avalon Blvd. Back-up units were requested and upon their arrival, they conducted a high risk traffic stop taking two male suspects into custody. The officers’ investigation found the victim had left the keys inside the vehicle as she was dropping off something at a store. When she returned the vehicle had been stolen. The driver suspect claimed he got the vehicle from his uncle. Both suspects are known gang members and on probation. The officer noticed the vehicle had several bullet holes and windows shot out which were not there when the vehicle had been stolen. Both suspects are currently being investigated for a string of robberies in the area. Both suspects were arrested for 487(D) PC (Grand Theft Auto). Newton Division detectives are conducting the follow-up investigation.
On 7-24-11, within six minutes of the LoJack system activating, a detective from El Monte PD picked up the LoJack signal from the victim's stolen 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. He put out a radio broadcast and several others officers joined in the search. Within minutes another officer spotted the vehicle at Washington Blvd. and Owens Way, where he observed one female suspect driving the vehicle. When requested back-up units arrived, they conducted a high risk traffic stop taking the suspect into custody. Their investigation found the female suspect admitted to stealing forty keys from the car dealer and coming back and stealing three vehicles. The suspect was arrested for 487 (D) PC (Grand Theft Auto) and a variety of other charges. El Monte Detectives are conducting the follow up investigation and have recovered all three stolen vehicles.
On 8-1-11, within seven minutes of the LoJack activating, officers from Long Beach PD picked up the LoJack signal from the victim's stolen 2007 Toyota Prius. They put out a radio broadcast for all units. An officer driving a non-LoJack equipped unit was searching the area and located the vehicle parked in an alley, unoccupied. The officer approached the vehicle but observed no suspects. The officer pulled off, parked down the alley and was waiting for a for a tow truck to impound the vehicle. While waiting for the truck, the officer observed two suspects enter the stolen vehicle and drive away. The officer requested back-up units and when they arrived, they conducted a high risk traffic stop taking the male driver and female passenger into custody. The officer's investigation found the victim had lost his keys while loading his vehicle. The male suspect and his girlfriend found the keys in the area and started pressing the vehicle remote until they found the vehicle. The suspects then drove off in the victim's vehicle. Both suspects were arrested for 10851 VC (Driving without Owners Consent). Long Beach Detectives are conducting the follow-up investigation.
On 8-3-11, officers from the LAPD Hollenbeck division were contacted by LAPD Air-3 flight officers advising that they had picked up the silent LoJack signal of a stolen 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe taken from LASD Pico Rivera jurisdiction. They advised the ground units that they were south on the 5 Freeway at Calzona nearing Indiana Ave. Ground units entered the freeway and caught up to the vehicle. At that point, the suspect saw the officers and fled. Assisted by the air unit, the officers followed the stolen vehicle through various areas of the city. Eventually the suspect bailed from the vehicle and fled on foot along with a female passenger. Officers chased the suspect and caught up to him as he ran through a parking lot at Florence and Lakewood Blvd. After a short confrontation, the suspect was taken into custody and later cleared for booking. It was learned that the suspect was a ‘Parolee” and was in possession of burglar tools. He was later booked for numerous felony charges including vehicle theft. The case was referred to LAPD Hollenbeck Detectives for further handling and filing of charges.
On 8-5-11, LAPD “Air 16” flight officers picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen 2000 Toyota Corolla, on their on board LoJack police tracking computer (5 minutes after being reported stolen). The vehicle was tracked to the area of Polk Street and Eldridge Ave. Officers from LAPD Mission division responded to the location and pinpointed the location of the stolen vehicle to a residence garage. The officers set up surveillance at the location. While at the location, officers observed a vehicle pass bye with the driver matching the description of the suspect on the original stolen vehicle report. The suspect was detained and later identified by the owner as the suspect who took the vehicle. The suspect was taken into custody for 487 (a) PC (GTA) without incident.
On 8-6-11, officers from LAPD Mission Division picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen 2007 Toyota Tacoma, on their on board LoJack police tracking computer (4 minutes after being reported stolen). LAPD “Air 16” responded to the area to assist. The vehicle was tracked to the area of the 8000 block of Saint Clair Ave. LAPD flight officers observed the suspect walking away from the stolen vehicle, and then hiding. Patrol units responded to the location and set up containment. LAPD K-9 unit was requested and responded to the area. A search was conducted, and the suspect was located. The suspect was taken into custody for 487 (a) PC (GTA) without incident.
On 8-10-11, within minutes of the LoJack System activating, an LAPD Air-ship picked up the LoJack signal from the victim's stolen 2004 Corvette. They directed Inglewood units to the area where the signal was coming from. The Inglewood units located the stolen vehicle in a residential backyard, covered with a tarp. They contacted the person in control of the location and were informed that an acquaintance brought the vehicle over to him to be tuned up. The detectives have been able to identify the suspect/acquaintance and expect to obtain an arrest warrant for the suspect.
On 8-12-11, an officer who works Narcotics for La Verne PD was checking a local motel where Narcotic dealings have happened in the past and observed a Chevrolet Avalanche containing two females pull into the parking lot. Upon checking the license plate, there was no information about being stolen at that time. He then left that location and continued with his patrol. The owners of the 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche discovered their vehicle missing and reported their vehicle stolen to the San Bernardino Sheriff. The Sheriff Deputies who obtained the stolen report had the vehicle information entered into the NCIC which automatically activated the on board LoJack system. Another officer from La Verne PD who was equipped with a LoJack tracking system picked up the silent signal and Via Dispatch obtained the description. Upon hearing the description, the Narcotic officer recognized the information and responded back to the motel in time to observe the vehicle exiting the parking area. The officers converged on the stolen Avalanche and affected a felony traffic stop taking the two suspects into custody without further incident. Both females were later booked VC 10851 DWOC.
On 8-17-11, LAPD 77th Street patrol units picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe, on their on board Police Tracking Computer. The signal was tracked to the area of 65th and Denver Street. The officers were able pinpoint the location of the stolen vehicle to the rear of a private residence. As officers walked up the driveway, they observed that the stolen vehicle was parked. The officers further observed a male suspect in the process of removing parts from the vehicle. Officers also located a female suspect at the location, and both were detained for an auto theft investigation. Detectives from LAPD BAD CATS responded to the location to conduct an investigation. After interviewing the male suspect, it was determined that he and another male suspect were involved in the theft and dismantling of the stolen vehicle. The detectives also recovered parts from another stolen vehicle (1998 Toyota Avalon), which was taken in a “Car Jacking” that had occurred May 2011. The detectives observed that parts from the stolen 1998 Toyota Avalon were on the female suspect's vehicle (1999 Toyota Avalon). The female suspect's boyfriend provided the parts and also matched one of the suspects described in the Car Jacking. The male suspect was taken into custody for 10801 (VC), Chop Shop without incident. This case was presented to the District Attorney's Office, who filed 1 count of 10801 VC (Chop Shop), and 2 counts of 496 (a) PC (RSP) on the male suspect. The female suspect was not arrested.
On 8-17-11, within eight minutes of the LoJack system activating, LAPD 77th Street Division officers picked up the LoJack signal from the victim's stolen 2008 Toyota Corolla. They tracked the signal to a residence located in the 1400 block of W. 84th Place, where they observed the vehicle parked and unoccupied. They contacted Culver City PD and were informed of the fraudulent information given by the suspect when he bought the vehicle. They were given the name of the suspect and they obtained a picture of the suspect. They also were notified that the suspect was on formal probation and lived at the residence where the vehicle was parked. TRAP detectives were notified and responded to the location. The officer knocked on the front door and the suspect came to the window but refused to come out. After some negotiations the suspect exited the location and was taken into custody for 487 (D) (Grand Theft Auto). The suspect stated, “I didn't steal the vehicle, they gave it to me, and I just didn't pay for it”. 77th Street Detective along with Culver City Detectives are conducting the follow-up investigation.
On 8-19-11, LAPD 77th Street Division officers picked up the LoJack signal from the victim's stolen 2005 Mercedes E320. They tracked the signal to 90th and Hoover Streets, where they observed the vehicle parked with a female driver and a male passenger. The officers quickly deployed taking both suspects into custody. Their investigation found the victim had gone to a restaurant restroom and left her keys. When she returned her keys were gone. She went outside and discovered her vehicle had been stolen. She had left her cell phone and purse in the vehicle. The male passenger was in possession of the victim's property and on his cell phone was a text message that someone wanted to buy the stolen vehicle for $3000. Both suspects were arrested for 487 (D) PC (Grand theft Auto) and the female driver also had over $90,000 worth of warrants for her arrest. 77th Street Gang Detectives are conducting the follow-up investigation.
On 8-20-11, officers from Cal State LA PD picked up the silent LoJack signal of a stolen 2000 Honda Civic and tracked it to 2100 block Ceril St. in the city of Los Angeles- LAPD Hollenbeck Division area. The officers watched the vehicle and contacted LAPD to hand off the recovery. An LAPD Field Sgt. was contacted and responded to the scene. As the officers were talking, they observed the car drive off containing two male suspects. Assisting officers arrived and when a traffic stop was affected, the stolen Honda came to an abrupt stop. The passenger suspect fled on foot while the driver ran in the opposite direction. Cal State officers caught the driver and arrested him without further incident. The responding LAPD officers chased the second suspect caught him about a block away. While bring him back to the scene, the officers learned that the passenger had thrown a dark shiny object into some bushes. Neighbors seeing that action, located a blue steel hand gun and alerted the Pd officers. The weapon was taken into evidence and processed. Both suspects were booked on felony charges. The vehicle was later returned to the owners, undamaged.
On 8-22-11, within two hours of the LoJack system activating, Hermosa Beach officers picked up the LoJack signal from the victim's stolen 1998 Lexus GS5. They tracked the signal to Hermosa Ave. and Herondo Street where they observed the stolen vehicle parked in a metered parking area unoccupied. Officers notified the detectives who responded and set up a surveillance of the vehicle. They observed a male suspect come up to the stolen vehicle and start removing stickers with the victim's company name from the rear side windows. The detectives quickly deployed, taking the suspect into custody. Their investigation found the victim had gone inside his business, setting his keys on his desk. A transient entered the location and took the victim's keys and stole his vehicle. A witness observed the suspect stealing the vehicle. The witness identified the suspect Hermosa Beach detectives had in custody as the person that had stolen the vehicle. The suspect was arrested for 487 (D) PC (Grand Theft Auto). Hermosa Beach Detectives are investigating the case.
On 8-29-11, LASD deputies out of the Palmdale Station, picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen 2001 Nissan Xterra, on their on board LoJack police tracking computer (3 minutes after being reported stolen). The signal was obtained first in the area of 30th Street East and Palmdale Blvd. The deputies tracked and observed in the area of 50th Street East and Ave. T-8. The vehicle was parked on the street and was occupied with two suspects. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was taken into custody for 10851 VC (DWOC) without incident. The suspect was the ex-husband of the owner and took the vehicle without permission.
LoJack of ORANGE COUNTY:
On 8-5-11, Anaheim PD officers were advised by CHP Orange County officers that they had picked up the silent LoJack signal of a stolen 2000 Honda Civic. Patrol units, Detectives, Air-Angel flight officers and Canine officers responded to the area of Anaheim Blvd. and South St. and began tracking the signal. A Canine officer also equipped with LoJack approached an alley just off of South St. when he observed the stolen Honda exiting the alley. The officer affected a felony stop on the stolen at which time the suspect fled on foot from the vehicle, jumped a wall and ran. The Anaheim officers set up containment and began searching for the suspect. The Canine officer and his Canine “Guenther” picked up the scent and tracked the suspect to a near-by garage where the suspect had hid. After several warnings to surrender or the Canine would be released, the suspect refused. Canine “Guenther” responded with a nasty growl and was sent into the garage. The Canine located the suspect and dragged out of his hiding place. The suspect a “Parolee” was taken into custody and later booked for the vehicle theft and parole violations. Case will be handled by station Detectives.
On 8-6-11, the owners of a 1993 GMC Suburban reported their vehicle stolen to the Orange PD who then entered the stolen information into the NCIC. This action automatically activated the on board LoJack system. Within minutes of activation, Orange County Air Support “DUKE” flight deputies picked up the silent LoJack signal in the area of Katella Ave. and the I-5 Freeway and began tracking. “DUKE” relayed this information to Anaheim PD ground units at which time a K-9 officer also equipped with LoJack picked up the signal and located the vehicle in a nearby gas station. Assisting officers responded and set up containment. A few minutes later, a female exited the gas station, entered the vehicle and drove off. The Anaheim units affected a High Risk traffic stop on the vehicle taking the female driver into custody without further incident. The suspect was later booked VC 10851 Driving without owners consent
LoJack of SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY:
On 8-20-11, CHP Helicopter H-80 Flight Officers were flying over the Cajon Pass, when they picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from a stolen 2001 Chevrolet Impala, which had been reported to the Monrovia PD. H-80 had a visual on the stolen vehicle northbound on I-15 from the 215 Freeway split and requested ground unit assistance. However CHP ground units were unable to get to the vehicle before it made it up the hill into the upper desert area, of Hesperia and Victorville. San Bernardino Sheriff's units assigned to the Victorville City Station and investigators from the San Bernardino County Auto Theft Taskforce (SANCATT) had been monitoring the broadcast and were responding toward the area. They too acquired the signal and H-80 advised that the suspects had taken the Bear Valley Road exit and were now northbound on Mariposa. SBCSD units pulled in behind the stolen vehicle, which contained three male suspects and made a traffic stop at the intersection of Mariposa and Yates taking the three suspects into custody. As it turns out, the main suspect was an ex-boyfriend of the victim and was jealous that her new boyfriend had given her a car. The suspects were arrested for Auto Theft, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Evading. The vehicle was towed and stored and LoJack had been installed in the car on 05-11-2001.
LoJack of RIVERSIDE COUNTY:
On 7-31-11, just thirty minutes of being activated, San Bernardino Sheriff's Flight Deputies flying helicopter 40-KING picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from a stolen 1996 Honda Civic DX, reported to the Fontana PD. Rialto PD Officers monitored the stolen vehicle broadcast by 40-KING and, as they were LoJack equipped, responded toward the area. They also tracked and “pinpointed” the LoJack signal to a residence in the 17800 block of Laurel Drive, in the City of Fontana. Contact was made with a male adult occupant who was detained. The stolen vehicle, which was in the process of being stripped, was located in the garage. The suspect admitted to stealing and stripping the vehicle. He was arrested for Auto Theft and Possession of Stolen Property. LoJack was installed in the vehicle on 10-30-1998.
On 8-9-11, just over one hour of being activated, Redlands PD Flight Officers flying fixed wing airplane Air-10 picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from a 2006 Nissan Titan Truck reported stolen to the Corona Police Department. There was also a “named suspect” listed in the theft information. Air-10 was in Riverside County in the area of Perris Boulevard and Nuevo Road when they acquired the LoJack signal. Riverside Sheriff's Dispatch was notified and dispatched RSO ground units to the area. Air-10 continued tracking the signal, which was “isolated” to the area Redlands Avenue and the 215 Freeway. RSO ground units obtained the suspects information via the state stolen vehicle system and responded to his residence in the 200 block of Tahoe Street, where the suspect was located sitting in the stolen truck. He was taken into custody without incident and released to the custody of Corona PD officers who will handle the investigation. The stolen vehicle was later released to Nissan of Corona, the location from where it was stolen. The suspect was arrested for Auto Theft and Possession of Stolen Property. LoJack was installed in the Nissan truck on 09-13-2006.
On 8-11-11, within twelve minutes of being activated, a CHP officer assigned to the Riverside Area was on the Green River Road overpass to the 91 Freeway when he picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the LAPD Van Nuys Division stolen 1997 Toyota Camry. The office initiated a stolen vehicle broadcast giving his location and the direction of the LoJack signal. He advised that the stolen vehicle signal was now eastbound on the 91 Freeway from his location. Due to the very heavy traffic it took some time to catch up to the stolen vehicle. The stolen vehicle was observed being driven by one male adult suspect at Lincoln Avenue where a felony vehicle stop was conducted. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and arrested for Auto Theft and Possession of Stolen Property and driving on an expired license. LoJack was installed in the vehicle on 03-31-1997.
On 8-23-11, Riverside PD Flight Officers flying helicopter PD Air-1 had been monitoring a Riverside Sheriff's broadcast of a LoJack hit in the vicinity of the 60 and 91 Freeways. They responded to the area, picked up the silent LoJack homing signal and quickly narrowed the search down to the area of Columbia and Salmon River. Also a Riverside County Auto Theft Interdiction Detail (RAID) Detective who was in the immediate vicinity and LoJack equipped tracked and located the stolen vehicle. While waiting for his fellow RAID Team members to arrive three male suspects, two adults and one juvenile, entered the vehicle and drove off. After a brief following the RAID units conducted a felony vehicle stop at the intersection of Enrico and Julia taking all three into custody without incident. They were arrested for Auto Theft and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. The undamaged vehicle was later released and LoJack was installed in the vehicle on 09-23-1998.
LoJack of SAN DIEGO COUNTY:
On 8-3-11, a two man unit assigned to the California Highway Patrol in Oceanside was northbound I#5 near the Aliso Creek rest area when they received the silent signal of a stolen 1997 Saturn LS. They went into the rest area and observed the directional indicator on the LoJack tracking unit was pointing in a Northwesterly direction. The southbound Aliso Creek rest area was in the direction the needle was indicating and with that information they continued northbound to Las Pulgas to turn around. As they approached the southbound rest area, the directional indicator and signal strength indicator lead them to believe the car was in the s/b rest area. They soon saw the stolen vehicle and set up surveillance. It appeared the sole occupant was asleep, but for the safety of other people in the rest area the immediate area was evacuated. With back up units in place, a felony arrest was initiated and the suspect taken into custody without incident. The driver later admitted to stealing the car and said he had stolen approximately 30 cars in the last four or five years. The suspect was booked for auto theft and the car was recovered and stored for safe keeping until the owner could retrieve it.
On 8-6-11, a San Diego County Sheriff Deputy assigned to the Vista station was on patrol near Highway #78 and Civic Center Drive when he received the silent signal of the stolen Pontiac. He followed the signal for approximately two miles until he observed the vehicle in a parking lot at E. Vista Way and Townsite Drive. In that this was a fresh stolen and there wasn't any occupants with the vehicle, he elected to do surveillance on the stolen car. After approximately fifteen minutes, three suspects approached the car and got in to drive away. Other back up units were in the area and immediately initiated a felony stop. Three suspects were arrested and booked for auto theft, and the car was recovered without sustaining any damage.
On 8-8-11, two San Diego Police Officers assigned to Western Division were in the area of Highway 163 and Washington St. when they received the silent signal of a stolen 2007 Lexus 350. They started following the signal and a few minutes later observed the vehicle in front of them at Richmond St. and University Ave. A felony stop was initiated and the suspect was detained. After talking to the suspect, it was determined that he knew the car was stolen. He was arrested and booked for auto theft and the car was recovered without sustaining any damage.
LoJack of VENTURA COUNTY:
On 8-3-11, Ventura County Sheriff's deputies picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen 2001 INGS Skid Steer (76 minutes after the Skid Steer was activated) on their on board LoJack police tracking computer. The deputies tracked the signal, and observed the Skid Steer parked in the area of East Las Posas Road and Santa Rosa Road. Investigation revealed that this was a business dispute. The private owner of the Skid Steer had abounded the equipment on private property, and the owner of the property did a lien sale. This was the second time that this piece of equipment was reported stolen and recovered with LoJack.
LoJack of SANTA BARBARA COUNTY:
On 8-27-11, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies , picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen 2004 Nissan Titan, on their on board LoJack police tracking computer (7 minutes after being reported stolen). The vehicle was tracked and observed in the area of Treasure Drive and Crescent Ave., parked and unattended.
MEXICO RECOVERIES: LoJack Mexico (CarMart) assisted authorities to recover nine (9) US stolen vehicles during the month of August 2011.
LoJack recoveries that occurred in the below counties did not have specific recovery stories written up: LoJack of IMPERIAL COUNTY and LoJack of SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY.
For further information, contact Southern California Senior Law Enforcement Liaison Ted Saraf, or phone 213-286-2610 day time or 1800-929-2000 after normal work hours.
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