On March 13, 2012, the owner of a 2010 Ford Escape reported his car stolen to the North Charleston Police Department. North Charleston officers completed a theft report and had the Ford’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle – prompting it to begin emitting a silent homing signal to police vehicles in the area equipped with LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTCs).
A short time later, an officer with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department detected the homing signal on his PTC and tracked it to a local Dollar General store. There, he observed a group of people beside the stolen Ford. After a short investigation, the group identified one of the men as the driver of the stolen Escape. The suspect – whose driver’s license identified him as a resident of North Charleston – was arrested. The investigation remains ongoing.