In this case, the LoJack® system helps police track down a vehicle stolen from the dealership by the buyer. A bad check and false information was used for the purchase, so the dealership contacted police to activate the LoJack and track down both the truck and the crook.
The F-150 was sold in early June 2013. Soon thereafter it was determined that a bad check had been used for the down payment and the credit application contained false information. Attempts to locate the purchaser to resolve this matter were unsuccessful. On August 2nd, 2013, a dealer representative contacted the Clovis, CA Police to report the fraud. Officers verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers. This automatically activated the LoJack unit concealed in the truck.
A short while later, an officer with Fresno Police picked up the homing signals from the Ford with the LoJack tracking computer installed in his patrol vehicle. The officer began tracking the vehicle assisted by a California Highway Patrol (CHP) aircraft. The flight crew spotted the vehicle and directed ground units to a residential area in northeast Fresno. Officers located the vehicle at a nearby residence. The undamaged F-150 was soon returned to the relieved dealership.
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