Santa Maria Police & CHP Air Units Use LoJack to Recover Stolen Ford F250 Pickup Truck

  • December 3, 2012
  • recovery stories

On November 26, 2012, the owners of a 2005 Ford F-250 contacted the Santa Maria Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen.

Santa Maria Police verified the theft and entered the Ford’s information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the pickup truck.

A short time later, officers from the Santa Maria Police Department, along with CHP “Air 71”flight officers, picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen Ford on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles and air unit. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the vehicle was tracked to the area of Betteravia and West “A” Street. Investigators from SLOCATT (San Luis Obispo County Auto Theft Task Force) contacted the investigation at the scene. The suspects committed some fuel thefts at the location this vehicle theft occurred. The suspects then drove the stolen vehicle from the location.  

The vehicle, valued at $17,000, was recovered undamaged and released to the owner.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in this vehicle on July 27, 2005 at United Rentals in the City of Lancaster.