Maserati Stolen in Virginia Recovered 3,000 Miles Away in California — Less than 24 Hours After Theft Report

  • March 10, 2012
  • recovery stories

On the afternoon of February 24, 2012, an automotive dealership in Alexandria, VA, discovered that one of their customers paid for a 2008 Maserati Gran Turismo with a fradulent check and identification. The dealership quickly contacted the Alexandria Police Department to report the theft.

An officer from the Alexandria Police Department responded to the scene, and after conducting a preliminary investigation and obtaining all the vehicle information, completed a vehicle theft report. This information was then entered into the state and federal crime computer databases — a routine police action that automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed within the stolen Maserati.

The next day, 3000 miles away in California, officers from the Los Angeles Sheriff Department Cerritos began to pick up the silent LoJack homing signal from the Maserati on the LoJack Police Tracking Computer installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible signal of the computer, officers tracked the Maserati to the 11700 block of 166th Street in Cerritos, California. There, they located the Maserati, parked and unoccupied.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Maserati at the car buyer’s request in February, 2012.