The owners of a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander contacted Hernando County Sheriff’s Office to report that their vehicle was stolen along with the keys from the driveway of their residence by a possible known suspect.
Hernando County SO verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Mitsubishi.
A short while later a member from the Regional Auto Theft Task Force picked up the silent LoJack® homing signals from the stolen Mitsubishi 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 Mitsubishi was tracked to the parking lot of a retail establishment on SR 50 near the intersection of US 75 in Rital, FL. He immediately contacted the Hernando SO with the location of the stolen Mitsubishi. While waiting for the arrival of the SO a male entered the Outlander and drove east on SR 50.
The Mitsubishi entered a gas station on SR 50 and SR 301 in Ridge Manor where the driver parked between two tractor trailers at the rear of the station. Two units from Hernando County then arrived at the location and were advised where the Mitsubishi was parked. The deputies approached the vehicle and apprehended the driver behind the wheel of the car. He was arrested at the scene.
The Mitsubishi was recovered with no damage.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Mitsubishi Outlander in May 2010.