The owner of a 2007 Land Rover Range Rover reported their vehicle missing. The owner contacted the Broward County Sheriff’s Office to report their vehicle stolen. The responding officer prepared a stolen vehicle report and theft affidavit and had the vehicle’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine police procedure automatically activated the LoJack® Stolen Vehicle Recovery System concealed in the Land Rover. Later that afternoon, a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office deputy picked up the silent LoJack® System homing signal from the stolen Range Rover on their on-board LoJack® System Police Tracking Computer (PTC), which assists law enforcement officers to locate stolen vehicles quickly and safely. The deputy verified the theft information by having their dispatcher query the Reply Code that appeared on their PTC display. The dispatcher relayed the stolen vehicle’s description to the deputy so that they could identify the vehicle when they observed it. The deputy began tracking the stolen vehicle by following the directional and audible cues on their PTC’s screen. Realizing that the vehicle was on I-75 heading south, the deputy requested a “B.O.L.O.” (Be On Look Out) to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. A CCSO deputy heard the BOLO and proceeded to the interstate waiting for the stolen vehicle to arrive. Another deputy with a tracker responded as well. As the vehicle passed the deputies began following the vehicle, ultimately performing a “felony stop” to stop the vehicle. The deputies verified their information and arrest the driver for Grand Theft Auto. The Land Rover was recovered, towed to the police impound yard for safekeeping, and removed from federal and state crime computer systems.
The LoJack System was installed in the 2007 Landrover Range Rover in May, 2007.