The California-based owner of the Hyundai Elantra in this case wasn’t expecting someone to notice that he left his key in the car. Unfortunately, someone did, and that someone took off in the vehicle. What the thief didn’t notice (because it’s not visible) is that the car had the LoJack® system installed, so local police were able to recover it quickly and return it to its owner undamaged.
On August 12th, 2013, the Hyundai’s owners contacted Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputies (LASD) Century Station to report their vehicle had been stolen. Officers verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers. This procedure automatically activated the LoJack device concealed in the Elantra, which was installed at Keyes Hyundai in Van Nuys, CA.
A short while later, LASD Air 8 flight deputies received the homing signal from the Hyundai on the LoJack tracking computer installed in their airship. The flight crew contacted Auto Theft Detectives from Century Station for ground assistance. The car was located traveling on Nadeau Ave. and was pulled over with two males inside. One was taken into custody for auto theft. The undamaged Elantra was soon returned to its relieved owner.
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