LoJack Leads LBPD to Clues That Shut Down Ring of Chop Shops (Video!)

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Long Beach police recovered parts -- including this engine -- from at least 11 stolen vehicles.

On January 20, just three minutes after it was activated, the Long Beach Police Department began receiving the signal from a silent LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System. Little did the detectives on the case know that recovering the stolen 2001 Acura Integra would lead to the bust of a ring of chop shops in Southern California, or that this bust would be a milestone for the LoJack Corporation.

This case was the 400th chop shop to be shut down with the help of the stolen vehicle recovery system.

“We’d like to take this opportunity to recognize not only the Long Beach Police Department, but all the law enforcement agencies and officers in Southern California for their tireless work in curbing vehicle theft,” said Patrick Clancy, Vice President of Law Enforcement, LoJack Corporation.  “Since becoming operational in Los Angeles County in July of 1990, LoJack is proud to have played a part in helping Southern California law enforcement eliminate 400 chop shops and arrest the criminals behind these illegal operations. This bust is especially gratifying, as we helped lead Long Beach Police to the arrest of 7 suspects.”

1 Stolen Car Leads to 6 Chop Shops and 7 Arrests

On January 20, detectives picked up a signal from their police tracking computers and followed it to a residential yard where they observed a stolen Acura Integra that the thieves had unsuccessfully tried to hide.  The detectives obtained a search warrant for the location and their investigation recovered the stolen car along with parts from two other stolen vehicles. They took two suspects into custody and charged them with operating a chop shop. But, this was only the beginning.

Through the recovery of the Integra, detectives discovered clues that led them to two more chop shops—and several additional suspects.

The investigation continued and police found four more locations that had also been stripping vehicles. Long Beach detectives were able to connect all the suspects, and found they were members of a street racing crew that conspired to steal and strip vehicles for profit.

Early yesterday morning, on Wednesday, Feb. 23, Long Beach Police served search warrants on the backyard chop shops shutting down car thieves at the following locations:

  • 1400 block of Gardenia Avenue
  • 6400 block of Gundry Avenue
  • 3600 block of Country Club Drive
  • 2800 block of Cade Avenue

So far, detectives have recovered 7 stolen cars—mostly Acuras and Hondas— a stolen motorcycle, parts and accessories to 11 stolen cars, and arrested 7 suspects in several Southern California counties.

“Our direct integration with law enforcement is one of the key factors that make the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System so effective,” continued Clancy.  “The fact that the System is covert, so that thieves cannot easily find and disengage it; and that it uses Radio Frequency technology, which enables the vehicle to be tracked even if it is in hidden in areas that obstruct GPS and/or cellular signals; are the other essential ingredients to help keep a vehicle protected in the event that it is stolen.”

Video From LBPD Chop Shop Bust

Detective David Fritz with the Long Beach Police Department details how LoJack’s Stolen Vehicle Recovery System helped his team uncover several chop shops, as a result of the recovery of one stolen, LoJack-equipped Acura Integra.

About LoJack Corporation

LoJack Corporation is a leader in finding and recovering a wide range of mobile assets including cars, construction equipment and motorcycles. In today’s rapidly changing world, LoJack’s services are being applied into new areas, such as rescuing people with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and autism. For more information, visit www.lojack.com, or connect with LoJack on twitter.com or Facebook.


2 Responses to “LoJack Leads LBPD to Clues That Shut Down Ring of Chop Shops (Video!)”
  1. Ryan M. says:

    The low jack system seems very unlikely to be the reason for raids of 4 home/chop shops. having personally dealt with one of these theives i know the real reasons to why they were caught.
    They would post on craigslist and hondamarketplace.com the stolen parts and many honda enthusiast frequently visit these sites. those who had their cars stolen would search for their parts to see if someone is trying to sell the parts from their car.
    a couple people were able to get the cell phone number of the theif and the address to where they live by saying they wanted to purchase their parts. They then turned over the information to the detectives working their case.

    I think the only reason Lowjack was mentioned was to help create business for the company. People i know who install cars say that lowjack isnt correctly hidden within the vehicle, thus making it easy to locate and disable. the reason low jack doesnt hide the system like it should is so that if the system needs to be worked on it is accessible.BIG MISTAKE. Also with lowjack only the police know where the car is and the customer is left in the dark. if the police are to busy with other crimes then your car is no longer a priority and wont be the first thing they take care off. Ive personally seen an episode of the television show COPS and they were alerted by low jack of a stolen car, and drove around for 15 mins and still couldnt find it. They then stated it happens alot sometimes the signal gets mixed and the proper location isnt given.

    A quick note to all those trying to protect their cars with alarms and what not. they arent breaking into cars and starting them up to steal them that much anymore, the are Towing them Away.

    • robbi robb says:

      Thanks for the info Ryan! I figure it wasn’t Lo-Jack either. That’s correct people out there reading this: Lo-Jack is a great theft preventive measurement but not the “installed” of it is “NOT”. Thieves know where to look for it. . Too easy to defeat it. It’s “NOT” hidden well is the problem. Get GPS tracking that you can track yourself. There’s a bunch of companies that provide it, choose the ones that fit your budget. Some are better than others, but its “BETTER” than nothing.