Brooklyn Police Use LoJack to Return Stolen Ford Delivery Van to Grateful Owner

  • February 7, 2013
  • recovery stories

On January 19, 2013, the owner of a 2002 Ford F350 contacted the New York Police Department’s 63rd Precinct in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to report that his Ford Van was stolen from him. According to the owner, his delivery person had followed the usual protocol and driven the van home. He parked it in front of his residence, but when he returned for it the next day, discovered it missing.

NYPD officers verified the theft, and had the vehicle’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the van.

A short while later, officers from the Brooklyn South Auto Larceny Unit picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen Ford on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicle. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the officers tracked the vehicle through various streets in the confines of the 60th Precinct, Coney Island Brooklyn. They eventually located the abandoned vehicle parked on a quiet residential block. They decided to stake the vehicle out. After a short while when no one showed up for the vehicle, they took it into custody.

The vehicle was recovered in excellent condition, without any damage. The owner was notified, and was elated that his vehicle was recovered so quickly, especially with no damage. He stated that he depends upon his vehicle to earn a living making bread deliveries; he was so happy that LoJack enabled such a quick recovery of the van, as he could not afford to replace the vehicle at this time.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the 2003 Ford F350 at Guaranteed Auto in Brooklyn, New York on December 23, 2002.