The owners of a Nissan Maxima contacted Philadelphia Police Radio to report that their vehicle was stolen from the area of 5000 Ormes Street in the eastern section of Philadelphia. Police Radio dispatched a 25th District officer to investigate the incident. The officer quickly arrived on location and interviewed the complainant. The officer searched the area for the subject vehicle and after having negative results, prepared a stolen vehicle report and took same to 25th District HQ. The 25th District operations room crew arranged for the vehicle information to be entered into the Philadelphia Crime Information Computer and ultimately the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Nissan Maxima
Later on this same day, officers assigned to the Philadelphia Police Aviation Unit reported to Philadelphia Police Radio that they had intercepted the silent LoJack signals from the stolen Nissan with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in Philadelphia Police helicopters. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the aviation officers tracked the signal to the area of 900 Marcella Street in the eastern section of Philadelphia. The aviation officers continued to decrease the altitude of the police airship while relaying the information to Highway Patrol officers who were in the area and assigned to a Philadelphia Police marked Highway Patrol vehicle which was also equipped with a LoJack® Police Tracking Computer. The Highway officers reported to the aviation officers that they had tracked the signal and located the subject vehicle in a rear alley in the area of 900 Marcella Street. While on location the Highway Patrol officers observed several males and females enter the alley. One of the males entered the subject vehicle through the driver’s door and the lights of the vehicle then illuminated. The Highway Patrol officers approached the male and placed him under arrest. A search of the male subsequent to arrest revealed that the male was in possession of a shaved key commonly referred to as a jiggle key. The male admitted to the officers that he had in fact stolen the vehicle and that his friends were unaware that the vehicle was stolen. The male was placed under arrest and transported to Philadelphia Police Northeast Detective Division where a Philadelphia Police detective investigated the incident and formerly charged the male with violations of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code related to theft.
The vehicle owner was notified and arrived on location to take possession of the vehicle.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 1997 Nissan Maxima at Conicelli Toyota of Conshohocken