LAPD Uses LoJack to Recover Stolen Dodge Pickup Truck, Two Arrested for Theft, Child Endangerment

  • December 29, 2012
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On December 9, 2012, the owners of a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck contacted the Los Angeles Police Department to report that the vehicle was stolen.

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

A short while later, LAPD’s “Air 10” picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen pickup truck on the Police Tracking Computer installed in their helicopter. Following the directional and signal strength cues on the LoJack PTC, the officers tracked the vehicle to a parking lot in the area of Van Nuys Boulevard and Saticoy. Van Nuys patrol officers responded to the tracking and observed the vehicle traveling westbound on Saticoy Street. Officers conducted a traffic stop, taking the driver into custody without incident. The female passenger was taken into custody for child endangering.

The vehicle, valued at $4,400, was impounded for safe keeping. The owner was unaware that the vehicle was equipped with LoJack.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in this vehicle on December 11, 1994 at Big Valley Chrysler Jeep in Van Nuys, California.