Thief Uses Counterfeit Check to Buy 2007 Harley from craigslist
The owner of a 2007 Harley Davidson listed his bike for sale on craigslist and was deceived by a buyer who paid for it with a counterfeit check. The owner immediately notified Cleveland Police and within minutes, they began picking up the bike’s LoJack signal. The bike was found in excellent condition and returned to its owner; arrests were pending.
Stolen Goods Traced to Self-Storage Through LoJack Device
A Johnston, R.I., man who allegedly stole power tools, auto parts and a Harley Davidson motorcycle and hid them in a self-storage unit turned himself in to local police last week. The suspect was caught after police traced the motorcycle’s LoJack anti-theft device to his unit at Forum Self Storage.
After tracing the LoJack signal to the storage facility and securing a search warrant, police found the motorcycle as well as a large assortment of power tools, construction equipment and automobile parts in a unit rented to the name Victor Ramos. When detectives visited Ramos’ address, they were turned away by a man identifying himself as the suspect. After viewing the storage facility’s surveillance footage, it was discovered that the suspect was the unit’s real renter.
He turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Detectives are attempting to match the items in his unit to their owners through recent break-in reports.
The Big One
One LoJack-equipped Harley Davidson, stolen from Las Vegas, was recovered in Monterey Park, CA leading to the largest Harley Theft ring. Seven confirmed stolen Harleys were recovered from past weekend thefts in Las Vegas. The police seized 5 additional Harleys, the crook’s entire home repair shop amounting to $80,000 worth of tools and computers with a total recovery value of over $300,000. The crook, a first time offender. was found guilty and sentenced to three years State prison and forfeiture of his entire property.
Harley-Davidson Recovered Without Damage
The owner of a 2007 Harley-Davidson FLS parked his bike in front of his residence and quickly ran in to retrieve something. When he returned five minutes later his bike was missing. He immediately contacted the New York Police Department (NYPD) to report the theft. Upon completion of the theft report, the Harley’s hidden LoJack Unit was automatically activated.
After the activation, officers with the NYPD’s Auto Crime Division received the silent LoJack signal on the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) in their vehicles. Using the PTC’s directional cues, the officers tracked the LoJack signal and found the Harley parked in the rear of a multi-dwelling house. The officers set up surveillance for several hours. When nobody returned, the bike was taken into police custody and processed for evidence. The happy owner of the Harley was notified of the recovery and was thrilled his bike was recovered so quickly and had sustained no damage. The owner stated, “It was well worth the investment, it has paid for itself already.”
The owner of this Harley Davison motorcycle received an Early Warning call from LoJack while he was sleeping during the early morning hours of March 11th. This notification occurred because thieves took the bike from his apartment complex parking lot located in the 4600 block of NE 112th Avenue in Vancouver. Early Warning is a LoJack feature that calls the owner of the bike when it moves without the presence of a LoJack Key Pass. The theft was verified by the owner who called Vancouver Police Department. The vehicle information and VIN was entered into the NCIC police computer. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the motorcycle. Neither the owner nor law enforcement had to do anything else to activate the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery Network because LoJack’s interface with law enforcement is both seamless and instantaneous.
Less than ten minutes after entry and activation of the LoJack, a Vancouver police officer received the silent LoJack signal transmitting from the stolen Harley. Using audio and visual cues on the LoJack Tracker, the officer tracked the signal to another part of the large apartment complex where it was found abandoned. The ignition and steering lock was defeated and the bike was still warm. It appeared the thief rode the motorcycle about twenty miles and returned it.
LoJack was installed in October of 2010 when the bike was purchased new.
LoJack’s Early Warning Alerts Owner of Theft of Harley Stolen From Garage
At approximately 2 a.m., the victim received an LoJack Early Warning notification on his home phone. The victim immediately went out to his garage where his 2008 Harley Davidson equipped with a LoJack System is parked. The victim then surprised a suspect who was holding open the garage door while his partner in crime was exiting the garage. The suspects then fled down the street on foot to an awaiting vehicle. The victim entered his garage and discovered his 2008 Harley FLS had been stolen. The victim then contacted the Stockton (CA) Police and reported the theft. It is believed the suspects entered the garage and removed the Harley thus activating the Early Warning. The suspects returned minutes later and removed numerous tools from the garage when the victim came out and surprised them. The Harley Davidson description and VIN were entered into the state and national vehicle theft data bases, which automatically activated the hidden LoJack System the victim had installed when he purchased the Harley.
Less than three hours after the LoJack was activated, officers with the Stockton Police Department began to receive the silent signal from the now stolen Harley. The officers then used their directional cues and signal strength indicators from their onboard LoJack Police Tracking Computers and tracked the stolen Harley to the 8900 block of Pasquel Dr in Stockton. Officers contacted the residents of a duplex and obtained permission to search the garages. Inside one garage, the officers located the stolen Harley in the process of being dismantled. Further investigation revealed a large quantity of the victim’s stolen tools.
Three suspects were arrested at this location and booked for the theft of the motorcycle. One was on felony probation for auto theft. Another had a felony warrant out for his arrest, charging auto theft. The victim was contacted and responded to take possession of all of his stolen property.
Per the reporting officer, the victim couldn’t stop “High Fiving” the officers as he was so elated to get all of his property back.
Stolen Harley Recovered at Bar; Suspect Detained
On December 20, the owner of a 2008 Harley Davidson FLH motorcycle reported his motorcycle stolen to the Lexington County (SC) Sheriff’s Office. This action triggered the LoJack unit hidden deep inside the motorcycle to start emitting a silent radio signal that can be tracked by law enforcement that are equipped with Police Tracking Computers (PTCs) installed by the LoJack Corporation.
A Richland County Sheriff’s Officer detected the signal on his PTC and tracked the signal to a restaurant/club/bar at the Richland/Kershaw county line. The Harley was parked in the lot with five other motorcycles of various manufactures. It was undamaged and unattended. The officer went into the establishment and asked about a motorcycle and immediately a subject answered while swaying gently on his feet, “that ain’t my hog out there.” The officer detained the suspect until an investigator arrived. The suspect was arrested and the investigation is continuing.
Stolen Fat Boy Recovered Quickly by Virginia Beach PD Inside Garage; Suspect Arrested
The owner of a 2009 Harley Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle reported the theft of his motorcycle from a location in Virginia Beach (VA). An officer that responded to the location conducted an on scene investigation, obtaining all the vehicle information. A vehicle theft report was completed and the vehicle information entered into the Virginia Law Enforcement computers.
Having reported the vehicle stolen to VBPD, the vehicle information was entered into the NCIC police computer. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle. Within minutes of the LoJack activation, Virginia Beach patrol officers received the silent LoJack homing signal with the LoJack Police Tracking Computer installed in their patrol units. The directional and audible signal of LoJack took officers to a different location in Virginia Beach. Detectives assigned to the Auto Theft Unit responded and with a hand held unit located the stolen motorcycle inside a garage. Investigation resulted in the detectives arresting a suspect in the theft and recovering the motorcycle. At the time of recovery, the motorcycle vehicle identification number had been removed as had other component parts.
Stolen Harley Davidson Recovered in Chicago Alley
The owner of a 2007 Harley Davidson FLH discovered that an unknown person(s) had taken his motorcycle without permission. He contacted the Chicago Police Department and reported the theft. The police entered the vehicle into the Illinois nationwide law enforcement stolen vehicle computer system. This entering automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.
Shortly thereafter, a Chicago police officer operating a patrol car equipped with an onboard LoJack Police Tracking Computer picked up the distress signal coming directly from the stolen motorcycle. He began a track following the prompts from the LoJack. A short time later, he zeroed in on the stolen vehicle, which was found in an alley on the south side of Chicago. The officer moved in and made the recovery returning the motorcycle to the very happy owner.