Hyundai Santa Fe Stolen from Bronx Store — Recovered by Mt. Vernon Police Using LoJack, 2 Arrested

  • November 4, 2012
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On October 7, 2012, the owner of a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe left her vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition and went into a convenience store in the Bronx to make a quick purchase. A few minutes later, she returned for her vehicle, only to discover it missing. She immediately contacted NYPD’s 47th Precinct and reported the incident to the police.

NYPD verified the theft and entered the Hyundai’s information into the state and federal crime computers (NYSPIN/NCIC), which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.

Less than one hour after the LoJack was activated, officers from the Mt. Vernon Police Department located in Westchester County, picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Hyundai on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the officers tracked the vehicle to Lincoln Avenue in Mt. Vernon and observed two occupants inside the vehicle. The officers stopped the vehicle, and after a brief investigation, the officers placed both suspects under arrest for vehicle theft. In addition, the suspects were charged with felony possession of illegal drugs. The undamaged vehicle was impounded as arrest evidence and later released to an extremely happy owner.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Hyundai Santa Fe on February 10, 2005 at Chrysler Jeep of White Plains, located in White Plains, New York.