LoJack Helps CHP Porterville Officers Recover Stolen Ford Focus, Abandoned in Orange Grove

  • January 17, 2013
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On December 28, 2012, the owner of a 2004 Ford Focus contacted the Porterville Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen. The Porterville Police Department verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Ford.

About three hours later, an officer from the Porterville office of the California Highway Patrol picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Ford on the Police Tracking Computer installed in his patrol vehicle. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computer, the officer tracked the vehicle to the vicinity of Foothill and Valencia Avenues north of the city of Lindsay. The officer located the vehicle, unoccupied and abandoned in an orange grove.

The vehicle was recovered intact and undamaged; it was towed to the owner’s home and released.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Ford in February 2001 at Enterprise Car Sales in Mesa, Arizona. This vehicle is valued at $5,450.