LoJack Aids Newark Police in Recovery of Nissan Murano, Tracked to Casino — 1 Arrested

  • January 2, 2013
  • recovery stories

On December 12, 2012, the owners of a 2007 Nissan Murano contacted the Newark NJ Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from the area of Telford Street in Newark.  The assigned officer prepared a stolen vehicle report and had the vehicle’s information entered into the New Jersey State Police Computer, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the subject vehicle.

 A short while later, the elite members of the Philadelphia Police Aviation Unit were on patrol over the City of Philadelphia in Philadelphia Police Helicopter Tac Air 1 when they began to pick up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen Nissan. Following the directional and signal strength cues from the LoJack Tracking Compter, the aviation officers tracked the signal to the parking lot of a casino on Delaware Avenue in Philadelphia. The aviation informed Police Radio of the situation and Radio dispatched a marked 26th District patrol unit to investigate.

Taking directions from the aviation officers, the ground officer in the marked police vehicle quickly located the parked and unoccupied vehicle. Officers then entered the casino and requested the casino security view surveillance records from the parking lot cameras. After viewing the images, the casino security officer related that he observed a male drive the subject vehicle into the casino parking lot, park same and then enter the casino. The security officer then stated that the male observed on the surveillance tape was now cashing out at the casino counter. When the man exited the casino, police stopped him for questioning. He confessed that he had, in fact, stolen the vehicle, was still in possession of the keys.

The subject was placed under arrest and transported to Philadelphia Police East Detective Division, where a Philadelphia Police Detective was assigned to investigate. The subject was charged with violation of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code related to theft. The Nissan Murano was confiscated for safekeeping.                     

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the 2007 Nissan Murano on September 22, 2007 at Hudson Nissan in Jersey City, New Jersey.