On the afternoon of May 16, 2012, a woman contacted the Stockton Police Department to report that unknown suspects had stolen her 2002 Ford Mustang, which was parked in front of her residence.
Stockton Police completed a theft report and had the Mustang’s information entered into the state and federal crime computer systems. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Mustang, and prompted the transponder to begin emitting a silent homing signal to patrol cars in the area equipped with LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTCs). Neither the owners nor law enforcement agents had to do anything else to activate the LoJack Vehicle Recovery Network, as LoJack’s interface with the police is both seamless and instantaneous.
Less than 5 minutes later, officers with the Stockton Police Department and the San Joaquin County Sheriffs’ Department began to receive the silent Mustang’s silent homing signal. Following the directional and signal strength cues from their PTCs, the officers tracked the signal to a residential area in downtown Stockton. There, they located the vehicle, parked and abandoned on the street.
Officers contacted the victim, who responded to take possession of her Mustang. This is the second time this vehicle has been stolen and recovered using the LoJack Vehicle Recovery System.