LoJack Aids Miami-Dade Police in Recovery of Stolen Ford Pickup, 1 Arrested for Chop Shop, Theft

  • December 10, 2012
  • recovery stories

On Tuesday morning, November 6, 2012, the owner of a 2007 Ford F-350 pickup truck contacted the Hialeah Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from their home in Hialeah, Florida.

The responding officer prepared a stolen vehicle report and theft affidavit and had the Ford’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine police procedure automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the F-350 pickup truck.

Later that morning, a Miami-Dade Police Department officer picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen pickup truck on their on-board LoJack Police Tracking computer (PTC). Following the directional and audible cues on their PTC’s screen, the officer, along with backup, located the vehicle in the backyard of house in the 2900 block of N.W. 60th Street, in Miami, Florida. The officers spoke with the occupant of the house and ultimately charged him with one count of operating a chop shop and five counts of Grand Theft Auto. The vehicle was recovered, processed for evidence, 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-350 pickup truck on September 7, 2006 at Palmetto Ford Truck in Miami, Florida and has been protecting it ever since. It should be noted that this is the third time that the vehicle has been stolen and recovered with the use of the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System. The last time was on May 30, 2008.