Boston Police Use LoJack to Recover Stolen Kia Optima, Found Undamaged & Abandoned

  • February 22, 2013
  • recovery stories

In the early afternoon of January 20, 2013, the owner of a 2004 Kia Optima left her residence on Hillside Avenue and headed out to do some errands. It was then she noticed that her Kia was not where she had left it the night before. She quickly checked the immediate area, but was unable to locate the vehicle, and quickly notified the Everett Police Department. An officer was sent to the scene, where he took a stolen report from the victim and radioed the information to the department dispatcher.

The Everett Police verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Kia Optima.

A short while later, officers from Everett, Boston and MASP picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Kia on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the officers from the Boston Police Department began picking up a strong signal in the area of Hyde Park Avenue. Within a few minutes, they located the Kia, parked and unoccupied on Hebron Street in the Mattapan section of Boston. The officers reported that the vehicle had not sustained any damage, and had the Kia towed form the scene for safekeeping and notification of the victim.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the 2004 Kia Optima on January 20, 2004 at Herb Chambers Kia of Lynnfield.