Recovery of Stolen Porsche 911 Leads LAPD to Discovery of Chop Shop– Stolen Porsches, Classic Chevrolet

  • April 22, 2012
  • recovery stories

On March 5, 2012, the owners of a 1995 Porsche 911 discovered that their vehicle had been stolen and immediately reported the theft to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division.

LAPD officers completed a stolen vehicle report and had the Porsche’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed within in the Porsche. Neither the owners nor law enforcement agents had to take any further action to initiate police tracking of the vehicle, as LoJack’s interface with the police is both seamless and instantaneous.

Seven minutes later, officers with the LAPD’s North Hollywood Division picked up the Porsche’s silent homing on the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) installed in their patrol cars. Following the visual and audible cues from the PTC, the officers quickly tracked the stolen Porsche to the area of Valley Spring Lane and Valleyheart Drive. There, the officers located the vehicle, parked and unoccupied. Detectives from the Auto Theft Task Force were notified and responded to the location.

Two days later, the thieves moved the vehicle to the area of the 19500 block of Oakland Avenue, in the city of Rialto. Detectives, assisted by “Sand Cats Auto Theft Unit”, executed a search warrant at a private residence there, where they recovered the stolen Porsche 911 inside of the garage. Also inside the garage, they recovered a a stolen and dismantled 1989 Porsche 911, along with two additional chopped-up Porsches, and a stolen Classic 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle, which had been VINswitched. Numerous other stolen vehicles parts and stereos were also recovered. The suspects have been indentified, and the case remains under investigation.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Porsche 911 on January 19, 2001 at the owner’s request.