Torrance musician, AJ Oliveira, takes advantage of iPad locator to monitor down stolen car or truck and get better $4,000 worth of stolen music gear

TORRANCE, Calif. (KABC) — A Torrance guy was pressured to get innovative tracking down his stolen automobile by pinpointing the location of his iPad, which was within the automobile. He then bombarded music stores across the area right until he recovered thousands of dollars really worth of stolen gear.

AJ Oliveira is from Brazil. He moved to Torrance with his expecting spouse and two little women.

Oliveira says he is a musician and performs to make cash for his family. He arrived with his family April 9. 3 days later the unimaginable transpired.

Oliveira suggests a type mate was allowing him borrow their motor vehicle and a guitar so he could start off executing, but that Monday evening, he parked the car or truck in his apartment’s gated garage right after a gig, and remaining the machines in the motor vehicle so he could set his little ones to bed upstairs.

He planned to choose the machines out but ended up slipping asleep. The up coming early morning, the automobile was gone.

The products in that auto was worth a lot more than $4,000, in accordance to Oliveira. His wife’s passport, inside the automobile, was also stolen. He right away named law enforcement.

Oliveira reviewed his apartment’s surveillance footage, and identified a male and woman who he states stole the vehicle.

Police and Oliveira had been trying to discover a way to track down the auto.

“He was like, ‘is there any monitoring product in the car or truck that we can go?’ and I was like, ‘no, there is certainly no monitoring device that I know of,’ and then I went, ‘oh!’ And it clicked, my iPad was in the auto,” Oliveira claimed.

Using Apple’s “Find My” characteristic, Oliveira and detectives had been equipped to track the vehicle’s location to the city of Lawndale, but his products was nonetheless missing, no longer within of it.

Oliveira claims he could not just sit close to and hold out, so he known as tunes stores to alert them that his gear had been stolen, and that another person may try to market it.

He claims that he contacted Guitar Center headquarters the place he inquired about his speaker, which he says was really worth a lot more than $1,000.

“He was like, ‘well, we have a person but it truly is in Lawndale.’ He’s like, ‘you obtained to contact that shop,'” mentioned Oliveira.

Oliveira referred to as and identified his speaker, which he bought back, but warned the retail store manager that the suspects may try to arrive back again and market the relaxation of his gear — and that is what took place.

“Torrance detectives continued their investigation to detect the suspect, and were being notified by the Guitar Center later on that working day that a suspect was attempting to sell some much more of the stolen musical machines,” said the Torrance Law enforcement Section in a assertion to Eyewitness News. “To guide, LASD deputies responded and detained the doable suspect.”

Officials say that on April 13, detectives had been in a position to join a detained feminine suspect to the stolen car or truck incident. Torrance law enforcement did not determine the suspect, but stated she was booked in jail on Grand Theft and Obtaining Stolen Property charges.

“I really feel awful. I feel paranoid,” Oliveira said. “I really feel like it is a stain in the gorgeous image that I had of the South Bay and Torrance.”

Oliveira’s resolve aided him recover most of his equipment, but his friend’s guitar is however lacking. He is setting up a GoFundMe to elevate funds to shell out his friend again.

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