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LoJack hit leads to stolen vehicle, Barstow man arrested

BARSTOW, Calif. ( — A LoJack signal on a stolen vehicle led to the arrest of Gary Vanleeuwen, 35, a resident of Barstow.

It happened on September 28, 2018, at approximately 5:57 pm, when the victim contacted Sheriff’s Dispatch advising that an unknown suspect had just taken her vehicle while it was parked at the Shop For Less in the 25300 block of West Main Street in Lenwood.

The vehicle had been left running with the doors unlocked, officials said.

Deputies from the Barstow Sheriff’s Station responded and were unable to locate it in the immediate area.

“At approximately 6:50 pm, the Barstow deputies received a LOJACK signal for the victim’s vehicle. With the assistance of Sheriff’s Aviation, the vehicle was found traveling southbound on the Interstate 15 Freeway toward the City of Victorville,” stated a news release.

Vanleeuwen stopped the vehicle near the freeway and Stoddard Wells Road and attempted to flee on foot.

Deputies from the Victorville Police Station arrived at the scene and took Vanleeuwen into custody. Vanleeuwen was arrested for possession of stolen property and transported to the High Desert Detention Center.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Barstow Sheriff’s Station at (760) 256-4838. Citizens wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or leave information on the We-Tip website at

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