Last week a LoJack-equipped 2006 Suzuki GSXR-750 motorcycle was discovered stolen from the owner’s apartment complex parking lot in Georgia. The owner immediately reported the theft and police activated the covert LoJack System. Within three hours, Henry County Police Department officers picked up the LoJack signal and tracked the bike to a house in a rural area. The officer called a detective with a search warrant to the site and inside discovered not only the stolen bike, but other stolen motorcycles – all part of a chop shop operation.
After a lengthy investigation, 18 motorcycles, some from as far away as Alabama, were recovered along with the LoJack-equipped bike. The criminals were stripping the bikes and selling the parts on popular online sites like eBay. Total value of bikes in this theft ring is more than $100,000. Three suspects were arrested and more arrests are expected as part of this major theft ring.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Trenton Dean Mallard, 24, allegedly served as the ringleader and is in custody at Henry County Jail. Mallard was charged with 19 counts of theft by receiving and one count of operating a chop shop.
LoJack says it has achieve a 90 percent recovery success rate over the past 20-plus years, recovering more than $5 billion in stolen assets worldwide.
“These recoveries are great examples of how our proven system continues to benefit society by helping police not only find and recover stolen assets, but moreover break up organized crime rings and arrest the thieves behind these criminal acts,” says Ronald V. Waters, LoJack’s president and CEO. “These recoveries once again demonstrate that LoJack has the right technology and processes in place to effectively recover a wide range of stolen assets. Additionally, our direct integration with police puts recovery exactly where it belongs – in the hands of professionals who can swiftly track down stolen assets and arrest the perpetrators behind the crime.”