The owners of a Jeep Grand Cherokee contacted the Columbus Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from their driveway overnight.
Columbus Police verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Jeep.
A short while later, troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Vehicle Theft Unit picked up the silent LoJack® homing signals from the stolen Jeep with the LoJack® Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the troopers tracked the vehicle to a fenced in lot of a repair garage in Columbus.
Additional troopers and detectives from the Columbus Police Auto Theft Unit responded. Consent was obtained to enter the lot and the stolen Jeep was found to be in good condition. It was impounded and later returned to the owner.
This case is to be further investigated jointly by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Columbus Police Department. Arrests are pending further investigation.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Jeep Grand Cherokee in February 1999.