Stolen Ford Explorer Recovered, Abandoned and Undamaged by Raleigh Police Using LoJack

  • August 29, 2012
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On June 30, 2012, the owner of a 2000 Ford Explorer contacted the Raleigh Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from a public parking lot off Swain Street in Raleigh, North Carolina. Raleigh Police verified the theft and entered the Ford’s information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.

Within minutes, officers from Raleigh Police Department picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Ford on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the officers tracked the vehicle to East Lenoir Street. There, the officers located the vehicle, unoccupied in a public vehicle area.

No additional damage occurred during the reported theft.  The key, which the owner had left in the vehicle’s console, was missing when the crime lab technician processed the vehicle for latent evidence.  The recovered vehicle’s owner came to the recovery site and took custody of the vehicle.   

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Ford Explorer on April 2000 at Champion Ford in Houston, Texas.