San Francisco Police Use LoJack to Recover Range Rover Stolen for 2nd Time, 2 Arrested

  • November 6, 2012
  • recovery stories

On October 11, 2012, the ignition of a 2003 Range Rover was damaged when the vehicle was stolen (and recovered hours later with the assistance of LoJack). Six days later, on October 17, the SUV was in a repair shop on Lincoln Avenue in San Francisco to have the ignition fixed. Two thieves walked into the shop and stole the Range Rover, with the keys in the ignition. The shop owner immediately called the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) to report the theft.

San Francisco officers verified the theft and entered the vehicle’s information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.  LoJack is the only theft recovery system that is directly operated by law enforcement and this interface is seamless and instantaneous.

Immediately after activation, a SFPD cruiser was traveling in the area of the repair shop and saw the Range Rover drive past them. At the same time, the officer picked up the Range Rover’s silent LoJack homing signal on the LoJack Police Tracking Computer installed in the cruiser. The LoJack PTC provides officers with on-board information which permits them to locate the stolen vehicle quickly and with an increased margin of safety.

Officers approached the moving Range Rover and executed a felony stop.  Both the driver and passenger inside the stolen vehicle were detained and booked for auto theft.  The Range Rover was picked up by the shop owner before the owner was even aware that his vehicle had been stolen for a  second time.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in this vehicle on November 12, 2002 in San Jose California, at Land Rover of San Jose.