The owner of a Pontiac Firebird was understandably upset when he discovered his car missing from his driveway. He had protected his vehicle with the LoJack® system upon purchase, and that investment paid off as police were able to recover his Firebird in a most unusual location.
On June 21st, 2014, the Pontiac’s owner reported the incident to the Tracy Police Department. 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 Firebird, which was installed at Fairfield Pontiac Buick GMC in Fairfield, CA.
Later, investigators with the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force (StanCATT) picked up the silent homing signal from the stolen car on the LoJack tracking computers installed in their undercover police vehicles. The investigators tracked the signal to a rural area outside the City of Ceres. The Pontiac was found inside a closed barn parked next to another less expensive Firebird. The second vehicle appeared to be the donor for a VIN switch onto the higher-end 25th Anniversary Edition Pontiac. The Firebird was retrieved and soon returned to its elated owner. Investigation is ongoing.
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