Ford F-250 Pickup Stolen from Miami Dealership, Recovered by Miami Gardens Police Using LoJack

  • November 4, 2012
  • recovery stories

According to sources, on Tuesday afternoon, September 4, 2012, the manager of a used car dealership conducted inventory on his fleet and discovered that a 2007 Ford F-250 pickup truck was missing from the facility. The last time the vehicle was seen was the previous day, after a test drive of the vehicle. The manager contacted the Miami Gardens Police Department to report the Ford stolen.

Miami Gardens 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 pickup truck.

Later that afternoon, a Miami Gardens Police Department auto theft detective picked up the Ford’s silent LoJack homing signal on the LoJack Police Tracking computer (PTC) installed in his patrol vehicle. Following the directional and audible cues on their PTCs, the officer, along with backup, located the vehicle, parked and abandoned in an apartment complex parking lot in the 13200 block of N.W. 31st Avenue in Opa Locka, Florida. The vehicle was recovered with ignition and door lock damage, towed to the police impound yard for safekeeping, and removed from federal and state crime computer systems.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Ford F-250 pickup truck on December 1, 2006 at Metro Ford in Miami, Florida, and has been protecting it ever since.