Philadelphia Air & Ground Units Quickly Recover Stolen Chevy Malibu, Thanks to LoJack

  • September 11, 2012
  • recovery stories
On Thursday, August 16, 2012, the owner of a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu discovered that the vehicle had been stolen from his residence in the 5300 block of Belfield Avenue. Philadelphia Police verified the theft and had the Chevrolet’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.

A short while later, flight officers in the Philadelphia Police Helicopter Tach Air 1 picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the Chevrolet Malibu on the Police Tracking Computer installed in their aircraft. Following the directional and signal strength cues on the LoJack computers, the aviation officers tracked the signal to the area of Stenton Avenue in Northwest Philadelphia. Ground units from the Philadelphia Police Major Crimes Auto Squad responded to the area, and with the airship above, investigators quickly located the Malibu, secreted under a tarp.

The vehicle was towed to Philadelphia Police Major Crimes Headquarters, where it was processed for physical evidence and later returned to the owner. This incident remains under investigation.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu in December of 2011 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.