This case involves a 2008 Land Rover Range Rover that had its LoJack® system installed in Florida, was stolen from a dealership in Texas, and recovered by police in California.
The victimized dealership contacted the Houston, TX police to report the crime. Officers verified the theft and entered the vehicle as stolen into the NCIC national stolen vehicle theft data base. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack unit concealed in the vehicle, which was installed at Land Rover of Fort Lauderdale, FL.
A short time later, an officer with the Auto Theft Task Force in Stockton CA received the homing signal from the stolen SUV on the LoJack tracking computer installed in his patrol vehicle. The officer found the car parked and abandoned. He saw a suspect enter the Range Rover and take off. Not long after, officers with the Sacramento Police and Sheriff’s Department both began to receive the homing signal in their patrol vehicles. They tracked the signal to a residence where the Land Rover was hidden in a closed garage. Officers contacted the residents and took statements concerning who dropped off the vehicle. The Range Rover, valued at $40,500, was soon returned to the relieved dealership.
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