Miami Police Recover Stolen Suzuki Motorcycle, Bust Chop Shop & Recover Other Motorcycles, Parts

  • April 24, 2012
  • recovery stories

On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, the owner of a 2006 Suzuki GSX1300 Hayabusa motorcycle contacted the Key Biscayne Police Department to report the motorcycle stolen. Upon arrival at the scene, the responding officer met with the owner who stated that sometime during the night the Suzuki was from where the owner had parked it. The officer prepared a stolen vehicle report and had the motorcycle’s information entered into the federal and state crime computers. This routine police procedure automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Suzuki GSX1300.
Within minutes of activation, an off-duty Miami-Dade Police Department officer received the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Suzuki’s LoJack unit. The officer was driving on the Florida Turnpike when he received the signal and contacted his dispatcher to alert officers in the Kendall District to be on the lookout for the vehicle. Within minutes, officers were in the area, tracking the stolen motorcycle by following the directional and signal strength on their patrol cars’ LoJack Police Tracking Computers.
A Miami-Dade Police Department’s aviation unit responded to the scene and observed a subject working on motorcycles in the rear of a house in the 11400 block of S.W. 57th Terrace. Soon the subject got into his car and drove away. The officers en route to the scene performed a felony traffic stop on the vehicle and brought the subject back to his house. The subject gave the officers permission to search the premises, whereupon the officers discovered two stolen motorcycles, miscellaneous motorcycle parts and tools. The suspect was arrested for two counts of Grand Theft Auto and operation a “Chop Shop”. The motorcycle was recovered, towed to the police impound yard for safekeeping, and removed from the police crime computer systems.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in this Suzuki GSX1300 Hayabusa motorcycle on April 5, 2006, and has been protecting it ever since.