If you think auto theft only occurs in the middle of the night, with no one around, you would be wrong. This next case involves a LoJack customer who actually watched his own vehicle being stolen from a busy retail location in broad daylight!
On Friday March 29th 2013, the owner of a 2008 Saturn Aura reports that he was in a tire retailer in Lower Merion, PA. He had left his keys in the car and had stepped away from it when a male entered the vehicle and drove off. The owner called 911 and Lower Merion Police Radio dispatched an officer to investigate. When the vehicle could not be located, the officer prepared a stolen vehicle report and entered the vehicle’s VIN into the Pennsylvania State Police Computer, which automatically activated the LoJack device concealed in the Saturn, which was installed in 2008 by Saturn of Philadelphia.
A short time later, broadcast, officers from the Philadelphia Police Central Division picked up the LoJack unit signals from the stolen Saturn on the LoJack Tracking Computers installed in their vehicle. The officers tracked the signal and ultimately observed the vehicle being operated by a male. The officers began to follow the subject vehicle and signaled the driver with emergency overhead lights and siren. The operator of the stolen vehicle refused to comply and began to increase his speed. The officers were advised to stop following the vehicle to avoid endangering other people in the area. However, police kept track of the vehicle with the LoJack system signals, and finally located the vehicle abandoned on a side street. The suspect was found hiding behind some parked cars in the same general area and was arrested.
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