The LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System recently led law enforcement in Southern California to bust a large commercial theft ring involving a total of 13 pieces of stolen equipment valued at more than $226,500. One suspect was arrested on June 15th, and the investigation is ongoing.
About the Bust
On April 5, 2011, a 2006 Sullair Compressor equipped with the LoJack System was reported stolen from a national equipment rental company. The theft was reported to police and within 30 minutes of system activation, deputies with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Perris Station and detectives with the Riverside Auto Theft Interdiction Detail (RAID) tracked the silent LoJack signal to a large property in Menifee, CA that housed a multitude of construction equipment. There, they questioned an individual who informed police that he had purchased the compressor, as well as five additional pieces of equipment – all of which were found to be stolen – from the suspect who was ultimately arrested in Perris, Calif.
After obtaining information, RAID detectives conducted a follow up investigation. At a property in Perris, detectives found eight additional pieces of stolen equipment, as well as other, smaller hand-held equipment. The suspect claimed to have purchased all of the stolen equipment from an unidentified group of people, but could not provide information on how to find them.
A surveillance video was obtained that has shown several additional suspects deemed to be operating a theft ring. The investigation to apprehend these suspects is ongoing.
Vehicles/Equipment Recovered in this Bust:
2006 Sullair Compressor & Trailer, Value: $11,000
1997 Bandit 250XP Wood Chipper & Trailer, Value: $6,000
2009 Wiley 500 gallon Water Tank & Trailer, Value: $6,000
2005 Eclipse Attitude Travel Trailer, Value: $20,000
2001 Shadetree Carrier Trailer, Value: $3,500
2000 Zieman Flatbed Trailer, Value: $4,000
2000 CAT Model 248 Skid Steer, Value: $40,000
2000 CAT CE Excavator, Value: $40,000
2008 Atlas Copco XAS185 Air Compressor & trailer, Value: $7,000
1998 CAT Backhoe, Value: $40,000
2006 Atlas Copco XAS97 Air Compressor & Trailer, Value: $6,000
2001 JCB 208 Mini Backhoe, Value: $40,000
2001 Zieman Carrier Trailer, Value: $3,000
Numerous pieces of smaller hand held equipment were also located.