The owner of a Classic 1958 Chevrolet Impala contacted the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to report that his vehicle was stolen from an interior repair shop in Duarte. Apparently the Impala had been parked in an unsecured parking lot in front of the business and even though it had been locked, the vehicle was stolen. Deputies verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Chevrolet Impala.
Flight officers from the Pasadena Police Department in Air PD-1 picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Chevrolet Impala with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the flight officers tracked the Impala to the 100 block of West Claremont Ave and observed what appeared to be eleven older classic cars in a rear yard of a residence. Ground units were dispatched to that location and utilizing their LoJack equipped patrol cars determined the silent signal was coming from the rear yard. Officers deployed on the property at which time the owner came out and was contacted. Written consent was provided to the officers so they could search the property. The stolen Chevrolet Impala was found in a tarp covered shelter. The resident apparently provided information to the officers as to who dropped off the car that evening. A cursory inspection of the remaining vehicles was conducted. At the time none of the other classic cars were identified as stolen. The resident apparently restores old classic cars and was cooperative with the investigating officers. The Los Angeles County Auto Theft Task Force (TRAP) detectives were notified and will assume this investigation. The recovered Classic Chevrolet Impala sustained minor damage to the ignition and various locks and was released to the happy owner.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Chevrolet Impala in October 2012 via direct sales in Pasadena, California.