Louisiana State Police Track and Locate Stolen Suzuki Motorcycle — and 2 Other Stolen Bikes

  • June 8, 2012
  • recovery stories

The owner of a 2008 Suzuki GSXR600 motorcycle parked his bike outside a restaurant outside of the New Orleans convention center, where he works. When he finished work and returned for the motorcycle, he found it missing and called 911. An officer responded, and completed the New Orleans Police Department’s auto theft report.  After gathering all of the pertinent information, New Orleans officers entered the motorcycle’s information into the nationwide law enforcement stolen vehicle computer system.  This routine action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the motorcycle.  Neither the owners nor law enforcement agents had to do anything else to activate the LoJack Vehicle Recovery Network, because LoJack’s interface with law enforcement is both seamless and instantaneous. 

Minutes later, an officer with the New Orleans Police Department received the silent homing signals from the stolen motorcycle on the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) installed in his patrol car. Following the directional and signal strength cues on the PTC, the officer tracked the signals to the area of Harrison and Paris Avenues. The trooper pinpointed the location of the stolen motorcycle in the rear yard of a residence.

Louisiana State Police Auto Theft Detectives were called to the scene, and established surveillance on the residence. After a while, they conducted a search of the backyard, and located the stolen Suzuki motorcycle in good condition, along with a 2006 Suzuki GSXR and 2004 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R, both of which had been reported stolen. During a follow-up investigation, the troopers contacted the owners about the whereabouts of their bikes. They learned that one was stolen from uptown, and the other from Mid City. All of the motorcycles were stolen within 3-4 hours of each other, all while the city was under a heavy rain storm. Police impounded all of the motorcycles, until the owners could be contacted and make arrangements to retrieve them.  

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Suzuki motorcycle at the owner’s request in June 2011.