This case involves a small car rental agency in Los Angeles victimized by a customer who charged a Nissan Versa rental on a debit card and never returned it. The agency kept charging the card until the bank notified them it was a fraudulent use and they were reversing all charges. The rental agency then reported the Nissan as stolen to the local police, who activated the LoJack® system installed in the Versa so they could track it down.
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 car, which was installed at Metro Nissan in Redlands, CA.
A short while later, officers from the Culver City PD picked up the homing signal from the stolen car on the LoJack tracking computer installed in their patrol vehicle. The officers tracked the signal to a multi-level mall parking structure and found the Nissan on the 4th level. After a brief surveillance, a suspect entered the car and was stopped and taken into custody. The undamaged Versa was soon returned to the relieved rental agency.
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