Las Vegas Air & Ground Units Use LoJack to Recover Stolen Nissan Maxima, Arrest One

  • October 23, 2012
  • recovery stories

The owners of a 2003 Nissan Maxima last saw their car parked on September 27, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Six days later, on October 3, the owners discovered the car missing and immediately contacted the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Las Vegas 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 Nissan.

A short while later, a trooper with the Nevada Highway Patrol picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen Nissan on the Police Tracking Computer installed in his patrol vehicle. Within minutes, an Air Unit with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department also picked up the LoJack signal, near Nellis Boulevard and Bonanza Road.

Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the Nevada Highway Patrol and police helicopter tracked the stolen vehicle to a driveway in the 700 block of Wind River. There, they observed the vehicle occupied by two individuals. Officers immediately stopped the Nissan and detained the two suspects until detectives from the Southern Nevada Auto Theft Task Force arrived to assist. The male driver was arrested for felony possession of stolen motor vehicle charges and adult female passenger was released. This remains an ongoing investigation.

The  Nissan Maxima was located intact, just over an hour after the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police activated its LoJack system, over 12 miles away from where it had been stolen.