GMC Envoy Stolen and Recovered for 3rd Time in 5 Years — This Time, by the Victim's Grandson

  • April 21, 2012
  • recovery stories

In the early morning hours of March 9, 2012, the owners of a 2006 GMC Envoy discovered that their vehicle had been stolen, and immediately reported the theft to the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Street Division.
The responding officer completed a stolen vehicle report and had the stolen GMC’s information entered into the state and federal crime computer databases. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle. Neither the owners nor law enforcement had to do anything else to activate the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery Network, because  LoJack’s interface with law enforcement is both seamless and instantaneous.
Within hours, officers with the Inglewood Police Department began to pick up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen GMC on the Police Tracking Computers in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional signals on the computers, the officers tracked the signal to 83rd Street and 10th Avenue, where they observed a male suspect driving the vehicle. They conducted a high-risk traffic stop, taking the suspect into custody. Their subsequent investigation revealed that the suspect was the grandson of the victim, and had stolen her vehicle earlier that night. The suspect was detained for Driving without Owners Consent, but was later released. 77th Street Detectives are conducting the follow-up investigation.
This is the third time that this vehicle has been stolen and recovered utilizing LoJack in the past five years.