From the “You Can’t Make This One Up” File…

  • January 15, 2014

Well, this is certainly a unique recovery involving the LoJack® System. It goes without saying that stealing cars is a bad idea. However, driving a stolen car back to a dealership and then trying to cover up the theft by screwing on a dealer paper plate? That’s a legendarily bad idea. Here are all the details:

On January 8, the owners of a 1994 BMW 325 contacted police in Los Angeles to report that their vehicle was stolen. Authorities verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack System concealed in the BMW.

Police picked up the silent homing signal and tracked the vehicle to the area of Creekside Road and Auto Center Drive in the City of Valencia. The officers located the stolen vehicle at a local auto dealership, and the suspect was observed at the stolen vehicle with a screwdriver and a dealer paper plate in his hands. Investigation revealed that the suspect drove the stolen vehicle into the dealership to obtain the paper plate, and was attempting to place the paper plate onto the stolen BMW. The suspect was taken into custody for auto theft related charges without incident.