Ford F250 Stolen Twice in 36 Hours, Recovered by Sacramento/Citrus Heights Police Using LoJack

  • February 9, 2013
  • recovery stories

The owner of a 2007 Ford F250 pickup truck was the victim of auto theft – not once, but twice, in a 36-hour period. The first time, on January 18, 2013, the victim exited his residence to go to work and discovered his pickup had been stolen sometime during the previous night. The victim contacted the Citrus Heights Police Department and reported the theft. After verifying the theft, Citrus Heights officers entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime databases, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the pickup truck.

Less than 10 minutes later, officers with the Sacramento Police and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Departments both began to pick up the pickup’s silent LoJack signal on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and signal strength cues from the LoJack computers, the officers tracked the pickup to a residential street in North Highlands. There, they recovered the parked and abandoned vehicle, and contacted the owner to take possession of the vehicle.

The next evening, while the owner was out, suspects again stole his pickup while it was parked in a business parking lot. Again, the owner contacted the Citrus Heights Police and reported the theft, which again activated the hidden LoJack transponder.  

Again, in less than 10 minutes, officers with the Citrus Heights Police and the Roseville Police Departments began to receive the silent signal from the hidden LoJack. This time, the officers tracked the signal to the intersection of Black Lane and Antelopes Boulevard, where they located the pickup parked and abandoned in a parking lot. The victim was again contacted and responded to take possession of his truck.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Ford F250 pickup truck in June of 2007 at Ford of Dublin. The vehicle is valued at approximately $25,500.