Kawasaki Motorcycle Stolen in Seattle, Located Same Day with Minor Damage, Suspect ID'd

  • May 14, 2012
  • recovery stories

The owner of a 2007 Kawasaki EX650 Ninja motorcycle covered and stored his bike for the winter at his apartment complex located in the 8500 block of Phinney Avenue North in Seattle.  In preparation to ride it again, he removed the battery and took it inside to charge it up.  Two days after removing the battery – on April 10, 2012 – he discovered the bike missing, and immediately reported the theft to the Seattle Police Department. 
The Seattle Police completed a stolen vehicle report and had the Kawasaki’s information entered into the NCIC police computer. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the bike.  Neither the owner nor law enforcement had to do anything else to activate the LoJack Vehicle Recovery Network, because LoJack’s interface with the police is both seamless and instantaneous.
Later that afternoon, an officer with the Seattle Police Department received the silent LoJack homing signal transmitting from the stolen Kawasaki on his patrol car’s LoJack Tracking Computer. The officer quickly located the bike in the 9000 block of Ravenna Avenue NE; the bike had a motorcycle cover over it and was still warm. Officers discovered a part of ignition switch and steering lock on a table near the bike; the thief had also installed a battery in the bike. Officers took fingerprint evidence and have identified a possible suspect.
The motorcycle was released to the grateful owner, who purchased the motorcycle in August of 2008 and had the LoJack Vehicle Recovery System installed at that time.