On April 16, 2012, the owner of a 2007 Kawasaki ZX600 motorcycle contacted the Fresno Police Department to report the bike stolen. Fresno officers completed a stolen vehicle report and had the Kawasaki’s information entered into the state and federal crime computer systems – a routine police action that automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed inside the motorcycle. Neither the owners nor law enforcement agents had to do anything else to activate the LoJack Vehicle Recovery Network, as LoJack’s interface with the police is both seamless and instantaneous.
A short while later, deputies from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department began receiving the silent signal from the stolen motorcycle on their onboard LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC). The deputies ran the reply code that appeared on their display screens and received a complete description of the stolen Kawasaki. By following the computer’s cues, the deputies tracked the motorcycle to a residential area near Ashlan and Hughes Avenues in northwest Fresno. Coordinating their efforts, the deputies isolated the LoJack signal to the back yard of a local residence.
The deputies contacted an occupant of the residence and obtained consent to search the backyard. There, they found the motorcycle, concealed under a tarp in the yard. A male adult at the residence was questioned about the motorcycle but denied responsibility for the theft; however, evidence gathered during the deputies’ investigation proved otherwise. The male suspect was arrested for vehicle theft and possession of stolen property. He was also found to be on parole, and was charged with a parole violation by his supervising agent.
The Kawasaki was recovered intact; the only damage was to the ignition and gas tank locks. It was stored pending release to the owner.
The LoJack unit was installed in this motorcycle by Clawson Motorsports in Fresno, California in February of 2007.
- 2007 Kawasaki
- 2007 Kawasaki ZX600 motorcycle
- April 2012
- Clawson Motorsports
- covered with a tarp
- damage to ignition
- Fresno County Sheriff's Department
- Fresno Police Department
- ignition damage
- Kawasaki ZX600
- Kawasaki ZX600 motorcycle
- local residence
- Minor Damage
- one arrest
- parolee arrested
- Possession of Stolen Property
- residential area
- stolen motorcycle
- stored for safekeeping
- suspect arrested
- suspect denied responsibility