On Tuesday morning, July 24, 2012, the owner of a 2000 Mercedes-Benz C-320 convertible contacted the Miramar Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from the side of the road in the 13600 block of Pembroke Road in Miramar, Florida, where they left it with a flat tire. Miramar Police verified the theft and had the vehicle’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Mercedes.
A short while later, an auto theft detective with the Miami Gardens Police Department picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen Mercedes-Benz on their on-board LoJack Police Tracking computer (PTC). Following the directional and audible cues on their PTC’s screen, the officer located the vehicle in the 1800 block of Southwest 100th Terrace backed into a parking space in front of a vehicle repair shop. The officer established surveillance on the vehicle until backup from the Miramar Police Department arrived.
With backup in place, officers learned that someone had parked the vehicle in front of the repair shop with the flat tire repaired, and that the people at the repair shop were waiting for the owner to advise them as to what needed to be done to the vehicle. The vehicle was recovered, 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 Mercedes-Benz C-320 convertible on October 14, 2002 at Autohaus Mercedes Benz in Pompano Beach, Florida, and has been protecting it ever since.
- 2000 Mercedes-Benz
- 2000 Mercedes-Benz C-320
- 2000 Mercedes-Benz C-320 convertible
- Autohaus Mercedes Benz
- Autohaus Mercedes Benz Pompano Beach FL
- conducted surveillance
- flat tire
- flat tire repaired
- July 2012
- Mercedes-Benz C-320
- Mercedes-Benz convertible
- Miami Gardens Police Department
- Miramar FL
- Miramar Police Department
- released at the scene
- stolen from side of road
- vehicle repair shop