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Thieves caught with help of LoJack

Posted July 20, 2009
Updated July 21, 2009

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— A silent, hidden radio transmitter helped police bring an end to a string of motorcycle thefts in Raleigh last week.

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The LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System allows authorities to track vehicles and motorcycles. Raleigh police are crediting the system with helping them locate nine stolen bikes.

Burt Shelby's motorcycle was taken Thursday morning from his apartment complex parking lot on Barrymore Street.

"I didn't see anything at all,” Shelby said of his bike being stolen.

Shelby said he probably wouldn’t have seen his bike again, but the thieves stole another motorcycle that same morning on South Walnut Creek Parkway. That bike was equipped with a LoJack system.

"I was pretty hysterical,” motorcycle owner, Phillip Bisbee, said of the theft.

Bisbee owns a yellow Suzuki. He had heard about motorcycle thefts in the area so he bought a LoJack tracking device for his bike.

The LoJack transmitter hidden on Bisbee's motorcycle gives off a signal. Anytime the bike is rolled 20 feet without his permission, Bisbee said, he gets an alert.

"So if the key is not in it, and I roll it to the end of the parking lot, I get a phone call,” Bisbee said.

When Bisbee reported his bike stolen Thursday, an officer, using the computer in his police cruiser, entered his information into the National Crime Information Center database. The NCIC entry activated the LoJack, and tracking equipment in the police car quickly detected a signal from the bike.

The officer responded to the source of the signal, in the 2400 block of Raymond Smith Road.

Police found two suspects – Christopher David Brown, 25, and Vincent Lamar Street, 24 – unloading motorcycles from a trailer.

The men ran through some woods but were eventually taken into custody by police. Other stolen motorcycles were located in the woods, police said, including Shelby's Honda.

They checked VIN numbers to reunite the bikes with their owners.

"You could see different bikes just stashed in the woods, just leaning against trees,” Shelby said.

Shelby credits Bisbee with getting his motorcycle back. He is also planning to buy a LoJack system for his bike.

"I shook his (Bisbee) hand so many times,” Shelby said.

Bisbee said he paid $900 for the LoJack system. LoJack guarantees that authorities can track and recover a  vehicle within 24 hours, or the corporation will refund the cost of the system.

Brown and Street were charged with nine counts of felony larceny (for the recovered motorcycles) and 10 counts of felony possession of stolen property (for the recovered motorcycles and the recovered trailer).

Later Thursday, police said they arrested and charged a third suspect, 25-year-old Edward Cooper Outlaw.

A fourth suspect, Jennifer Dejesus, 27, was also arrested and charged with three counts of possession of stolen property in connection with the stolen motorcycles. Dejesus was also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell or deliver, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling or delivering marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The trailer was reported stolen on July 11, which is also the date of the first reported motorcycle larceny associated with the suspects, according to police.

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  • JuanGrande v3.0 Jul 21, 2009

    One of the suspect's name was Outlaw. Awesome!

  • angora2 Jul 21, 2009

    "The shame is that these people, once released, are just going to right back to work wreaking havoc on the community."

    They will, for sure. But considering see how stupid they are, I doubt they'll get far.

  • anonemoose Jul 21, 2009

    RT, but in court they will plead guilty to 2 charges, and then the rest dismissed. Then the two that they plead to will be consolidated for sentencing, or plead to all of them and get concurrent sentences.

    I'm sure no more than 8 months active time for anybody involved.

  • rsellars1 Jul 21, 2009

    How do you racial profile when the signal from the bike led police straight to the men and the stolen bikes. Kinda hard for Lojack to profile who the thieves are.

    Glad these bikes were recovered and more thieves are off the streets, probably only for a little while though.

  • Sarge Jul 21, 2009

    them other folks better buy this guy a dinner!

  • superman Jul 21, 2009

    I hope the police didnt do any racial profiling with these crooks or they will cry in court and get off.

  • YNCSW51 Jul 21, 2009

    Glad they were caught. Great job by the police. Hope these criminals are locked up for a long time.

  • numbersfan Jul 21, 2009

    I had a bike stolen about 5 years ago, police took the report and then I didnt hear from them for about a year later, they called me to see if I found the bike lol.

    Honestly I would rather have full coverage insurance than lojack. I dont want my bike back after who-knows-what kind of beating they put it through.

  • smcneil402 Jul 21, 2009

    Great LoJack Commercial! I know I will share this information with friends and family that own bikes. I am glad they got caught!

  • OpenM1nd Jul 21, 2009

    LoJack is also available for automobiles. Some insurance companies actually give you a discount for having the system on your car (and possibly also motorcycle). I saw a promotion for it at CarMax, where it is sold as a dealer-added option.

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