HESPERIA • An Arizona man allegedly trying to commit insurance fraud was caught after the LoJack system on his vehicle alerted investigators to the crime, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Hesperia station officials said Monday.
Ricardo Felix, 31, of Phoenix was arrested on Saturday for grand theft auto and insurance fraud after the vehicle he had reported stolen to his insurance company was located at a family member's home, according to a release.
Victor Valley station Sergeant Shelly Krusbe received a LoJack notification of a stolen vehicle in the area of 11th Avenue and Bear Valley Road on Saturday, officials said. Several deputies from the Victor Valley, Victorville and Hesperia station responded to the call and discovered the vehicle hidden in the back of a home in the 11900 block of 10th Avenue in Hesperia.
Hesperia Deputy Lisa Guerra contacted the registered owner, later identified as Felix, to inform him his vehicle had been found and four people were being detained, officials said.
Through an investigation it was learned Felix had conspired with family members to hide his vehicle then report it stolen to Huntington Park police, according to authorities. He then reported the alleged theft to his insurance company.
What Felix didn't know, though, was that his vehicle was equipped with the LoJack system, according to Sue Rose, spokeswoman for the Hesperia station.
Authorities are waiting to see if the District Attorney's office will also file charges on Felix's conspirators, officials stated.
Felix was being held at West Valley Detention Center on $25,000 bail.