Detroit Police Use LoJack to Recover Ford F-350 Stolen from Livonia Job Site

  • October 1, 2012
  • recovery stories
On September 10, 2012, the caretaker of a Ford F-350 contacted the Livonia Police Department to report that the pickup truck was stolen from a jobsite over the weekend.  The vehicle was owned by a Michigan-based construction company that equips all of their trucks, trailers, vans, and commercial equipment with LoJack.  The stolen F-350 had a Sullair air compressor permanently attached to the bed of the truck.

Livonia Police verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Ford pickup.

A short while later, members of the ACTION Auto Theft Task Force picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Ford on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their cruisers. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the cruisers located the stolen Ford in the driveway of an abandoned Detroit residence.  It appeared that the suspects had left the vehicle there to “cool off”.  The Task Force set up surveillance on the stolen truck; however, the suspects never returned to it. 

Because of the fast recovery, the Ford sustained only minor damage to the ignition; the suspects were unable to strip the vehicle. This remains an ongoing investigation by the ACTION Task Force.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Ford through LoJack Commercial Sales in October 2006.  The construction company is once again happy that LoJack aided law enforcement in recovering their property, and they continue to have all of their assets protected by LoJack.