Sacramento Police Stop Stolen Mitsubishi Eclipse in Traffic, Arrest 3, Including One Runaway

  • August 7, 2012
  • recovery stories

On July 4, 2012, the owner of a 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse contacted the Turlock Police Department to report that the vehicle had been stolen. Turlock Police verified the theft and had the Mitsubishi’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.

Less than an hour later, officers with the California Highway Patrol and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department both began to receive the silent signal emitting from the Mitsubishi on the LoJack Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol cars. Following the audible and signal strength cues on the LoJack computers, the officers tracked the moving vehicle’s location. They then conducted a felony traffic stop, detaining all three persons in the vehicle without incident.

The driver was arrested for auto theft, receiving stolen property and also had a no-bail warrant. The two passengers were both arrested – one for a no-bail warrant for theft out of San Bernadino. The second passenger was a reported runaway and was detained at juvenile hall.    

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Mitsubishi in August of 2008 in Modesto, California.