‘Two wrongs don’t make a right’ is an old saying we’ve all heard. In this case, there’s a bit of a twist- a wrong is corrected by a right. The ‘wrong’- the owners of a Volvo S40 left their spare keys in their center console, so when a thief broke in to steal the car’s contents, they stole the entire Volvo instead. The ‘right’- they had the LoJack® system installed when they purchased their S40, so local law enforcement recovered it in just 11 minutes after activation.
On June 20th, 2013, the Volvo’s owners contacted the Los Angeles Police Department-Hollywood Division to report that their vehicle was stolen from outside a store. LAPD verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the S40, which was installed at Rusnak Pasadena Volvo in Pasadena, CA.
A short time later, LAPD Air 3 flight officers picked up the homing signal from the stolen car on the LoJack tracking computer installed in their air units. The flight officers located the vehicle traveling in the area of Vista and Santa Monica Blvd and contacted ground units, who stopped the S40 and took the suspect into custody. The Volvo was soon returned to its very relieved owners.
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