A Pasadena, TX auto dealer recently discovered that the purchase of a Ford F-150 pickup was made with fraudulent information, and immediately contacted local police. Because the stolen truck was equipped with the LoJack® system, law enforcement located it quickly, and discovered that this incident was not the only crime their suspect intended to commit.
On November 21st, 2013, the dealership contacted the Pasadena Police Auto Theft Division to report the crime. Officers verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the F-150.
A short while later, an officer from the Houston PD picked up the homing signals from the stolen pickup on the LoJack tracking computers installed in their patrol vehicles. The officer tracked the truck to an auto dealership in the South Houston area on the Gulf Freeway. The officer set up surveillance, and took the thief into custody as he attempted to leave. Following the arrest, the officer discovered the accused was in possession of seven sets of false identification, driver’s licenses, social security cards, and numerous fake checks from banks. The suspect admitted he was setting up a deal with this dealer to purchase additional vehicles with the false identifications. The F-150 was soon returned to the dealership it was stolen from.
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