OnStar Helps Police Solve Crime Spree

Posted on June 25, 2015

Police arresting a car thief.

Police in Florida hit the jackpot when they responded to a stolen vehicle call.

When a man called the Cape Coral Police Department early one morning to report his Chevy was missing from his driveway, Lieutenant Tony Sizemore knew exactly what to do first.

The quick-thinking dispatcher, who was familiar with GM vehicles, asked if the Traverse had OnStar, which it did. The dispatcher contacted OnStar, and within seconds the stolen vehicle was located on the parkway in Ft. Myers, heading into Cape Coral.

Officers set up at the foot of a bridge they knew the thief had to cross and, like clockwork, the vehicle drove right by. The police stopped and arrested three teenagers — a 17-year-old male, his 15-year-old sister and a 16-year-old male friend.

When the officers took the trio into custody, they discovered this was more than just a joyride. Their one call to OnStar helped break up a juvenile crime spree known as “car hopping.” The teens were going through neighborhoods looking for unlocked cars and taking whatever they found.

In addition to the stolen Chevy, police recovered credit cards and a wallet belonging to other victims. They charged each of the thieves with one count of grand theft auto, six counts of burglary and four counts of theft.

“This case was solved literally minutes after its discovery, thanks to technology, heads-up thinking and old-fashioned police work,” Lieutenant Sizemore says.

New OnStar technology can now alert you within seconds if thieves are tampering with your vehicle. With Theft Alarm Notification,1 if your car alarm sounds after you lock your doors, OnStar can notify you by text, email or phone. If your vehicle is stolen, an OnStar Advisor can work with authorities to recover it.

“OnStar most definitely played a pivotal role in not only arresting the car thieves but solving additional crimes as well — all while quickly and safely returning the victim’s car in good condition,” says Lieutenant Sizemore.

Sign up for Theft Alarm Notification and learn more about OnStar Stolen Vehicle Assistance1 at OnStar.com.