San Diego Police Use LoJack to Recover Stolen Jeep Wrangler, Suspect Arrested Driving Car to Mexico

  • March 7, 2013
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On January 24, 2013, the owner of a 2005 Jeep Wrangler contacted the Los Angeles Police Department’s Devonshire Division to report that his vehicle was stolen from his driveway in the city of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles 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 Jeep.

Within an hour, a deputy from San Diego County Sheriff’s Department picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Jeep Wrangler on the Police Tracking Computer installed in his patrol vehicle.  Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computer, the deputy tracked the vehicle as it traveled southbound on Interstate 5 in the city of Encinitas.  The deputy initiated a high-risk stop and arrested a male driver for possession of stolen property and vehicle theft.  The suspect admitted to the theft, and stated that he was attempting to drive the Jeep Wrangler to Mexico.

The owner was very happy when San Diego County Sheriff’s contacted him to advise that the vehicle was recovered undamaged.  The Jeep Wrangler was valued at approximately $17,400.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Jeep Wrangler on April 22, 2005 at Power Chrysler Jeep, in Valencia, California