LoJack Aids Fort Lauderdale Police in Recovering Stolen Cadillac Escalade, Arrest of Suspect

  • September 2, 2012
  • recovery stories

On Friday afternoon, the owner of a 2008 Cadillac Escalade ESV sport utility vehicle contacted the Fort Lauderdale Police Department to report the vehicle stolen from the hotel they were staying at in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida. As the owner explained, he had parked his SUV with the valet and when he went to retrieve it, he discovered it missing.

Fort Lauderdale Police verified the theft and had the Cadillac’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.

A short while later, a Fort Lauderdale Police Department officer picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen Cadillac on his on-board LoJack Police Tracking computer (PTC). Following the directional and audible cues on their PTC’s screen, the officer, along with backup, located the vehicle in a public parking lot in the 3400 block of Galt Ocean Drive in Fort Lauderdale.

While attempting to relocate his vehicle, the FLPD K-9 officer observed a suspect enter the Escalade and begin to drive off. The officer performed a “felony stop” on the vehicle, apprehended the suspect, and transported him to Fort Lauderdale Police Department Headquarters for further investigation. The vehicle was recovered with no damage, released to the owner at the scene, and removed from federal and state crime computer systems.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV on June 13, 2008 at Ed Morse Chevrolet Sawgrass in Sunrise, Florida, and has been protecting it ever since.