Changing the VIN, or Vehicle Identification Number, on a stolen vehicle is a common method car thieves use to avoid apprehension. Although this procedure may fool the naked eye, it doesn’t fool the LoJack® device!
On April 2, 2013, the Pryor, OK police department received a call from a local car dealership to report a 2010 Chrysler 300 was stolen from their facility. Officers quickly entered the car’s information into their computer which automatically activated the LoJack unit concealed in the 300, which was installed at DCH Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Temecula, CA.
A short while later, a deputy with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department picked up the homing signal from the stolen Chrysler with the LoJack tracking computer installed in the police vehicle, and, with assistance from officers from the Tulsa Police Department, was able to quickly locate the stolen Chrysler, valued at $30,850, in the 5900 block of N. Atlanta Place in Tulsa, parked in a driveway. In addition, a 2012 Dodge Challenger valued at $44,000 was also recovered. VIN switches had been done on both stolen vehicles. The investigation is ongoing with charges and multiple arrests expected.
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