LoJack Helps North Carolina DMV Inspectors Recover Stolen Saturn Ion, Suspect Arrested on Multiple Charges

  • March 17, 2013
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On February 5, 2013, the owner of a 2003 Saturn Ion contacted the Mount Holly Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from a friend’s driveway while they were visiting overnight.  According to the victim, a known person allegedly took the keys and vehicle without permission during the night.

Mount Holly 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 Saturn.

Within minutes, License and Theft Inspectors of the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Saturn on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles.  Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the inspectors tracked the vehicle to an area just south of the I-277 Inter Loop.  On North Kings Drive, they conducted a felony traffic stop.  The suspect was the vehicle’s driver.  A search of the vehicle revealed that the suspect was in felony possession of the stolen vehicle, drug paraphernalia, an open container of alcohol, and driving while license revoked.  The suspect was taken into custody on those criminal charges and held for the Mount Holly Police Department charge of felony larceny of the vehicle.  No damage to the vehicle occurred during the theft.  The victim was not able to be contacted; the vehicle was stored for safe keeping until custody could be taken.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Saturn Ion in June of 2003 in White Plains, New Jersey at Saturn of White Plains.