LA Air & Ground Officers Recover Stolen Lincoln Navigator with Plates Removed

  • August 16, 2012
  • recovery stories
On July 19, 2012, a 2007 Lincoln Navigator was stolen from the service area of a local dealership. Detectives from Los Angeles County TRAP-West team were notified and responded. TRAP detectives verified the theft and entered the Lincoln’s information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.

Minutes later, Pasadena Police Department’s “Air PD 1” flight officers, picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Lincoln on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the flight officers tracked and located the vehicle, which was parked on the street in the area of the 345 block of South Avenue 56th. Officers from LAPD’s Northeast Division were notified and responded. Detectives from Los Angeles County TRAP-West Team responded to the location and conducted surveillance. The detectives noted that the license plates were removed and replaced with dealer paper plates. The vehicle was recovered, undamaged, and impounded for safekeeping and fingerprinting. The estimated value of this recovery is $24,000.00.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in this vehicle in June of 2007 at Long Beach Lincoln-Mercury-Mazda in Long Beach, California.