Washington State Aviation Unit Locates Stolen Ford F150 Pickup, Abandoned with Minor Damage

  • June 30, 2012
  • recovery stories

On June 11, 2012, the owner of a Ford F150 pickup truck contacted the Seattle Police department to report the vehicle stolen.  It was taken during the weekend of June 9-11, while it was parked at a construction job site near the West Seattle Bridge. Seattle officers verified the theft and entered the vehicle identification number into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Ford truck.

Less than fifteen minutes later, a Washington State Patrol Cessna flying over Kitsap County received the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen Ford on the Police Tracking Computer installed in the airplane. Following the directional and audible signal from the LoJack computer, the aircraft tracked the signal and relayed the vehicle’s location to Seattle Police ground officers.  A Seattle Police officer quickly tracked the vehicle to 7th Avenue South & South River Street, where it was found abandoned. The only damage to the truck was to the driver’s door and ignition. 

The LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System was installed in this Ford F150 in January of 2010 for Massana Construction.