On Wednesday afternoon, June 6, 2012, the owner of a 2008 Black Mercedes-Benz ML350 SUV contacted the Pembroke Pines Police Department to report the vehicle stolen from a parking lot in Pembroke Pines. After verifying the theft, Pembroke Pines officers had the vehicle’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Mercedes.
A short while later, officers from the Hialeah Police Department picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Mercedes-Benz on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from their LoJack computers, the officers tracked the vehicle to a home in the 300 block of West 43rd Street in Hialeah.
Officers contacted the owner of the house, who explained that a friend of his asked to store the vehicle at his home. Officers later learned that the friend of the homeowner was the boyfriend of the vehicle owner. Apparently, he had had a duplicate key made to the Mercedes. The officers contacted the vehicle owner to advise her that the vehicle had been located; she responded that she no longer wished to press charges against her boyfriend.
The officers recovered the Mercedes, had the vehicle towed to the police impound yard for safekeeping, and removed it from the crime computer systems.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Mercedes-Benz ML350 sport utility vehicle on April 10, 2008 by Mercedes-Benz of Pembroke Pines – Pembroke Pines – Florida and has been protecting it ever since.
- 2008 Mercedes Benz
- 2008 Mercedes-Benz ML350
- duplicate key
- duplicate key made
- Hialeah Police Department
- June 2012
- Mercedes Benz ML350 SUV
- Mercedes SUV
- Mercedes-Benz of Pembroke Pines
- Pembroke Pines
- Pembroke Pines FL
- Pembroke Pines Police Department
- stolen by boyfriend
- towed for safekeeping
- tracked to residence