LoJack Leads Stockton Police to Arrest of Suspect in Theft of Ford Escape, Following Vehicle Crash

  • August 30, 2012
  • recovery stories

On July 23, 2012, the owner of a 2006 Ford Escape was the victim of a burglary, during which the keys to the vehicle were stolen. A week later, on August 1, the owner went outside to go to work and discovered that the Escape had been stolen. The owner immediately reported the theft to the Stockton Police Department, who had the Escape’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed inside the vehicle.

Minutes later, officers with the Stockton Police Department and the California Highway Patrol Stockton Area began to receive the silent signal from the stolen Ford on the LoJack Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible signals on the LoJack computers, the officers located the Ford, parked and abandoned behind an apartment complex in North Stockton. The officers then Delta RATT, the auto theft task force, who responded and set up surveillance on the vehicle.

The next morning, a suspect entered the vehicle and drove away. The task force officers requested that marked patrol units respond to stop the vehicle. When the suspect saw the marked units he fled. The suspect then crashed the Ford and was taken into custody without further incident. The suspect was booked for auto theft and resisting arrest. 

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Ford Escape in October of 2005 at Claremont Ford. The approximate value of the Ford Escape is estimated at $9,000.