The owners of a 1998 Ford Mustang Cobra contacted the Ceres Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen. The owners returned home and discovered their home had been burglarized. The suspects obtained keys to the Mustang and fled with the vehicle.
The Ceres PD verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Ford Mustang.
Less than 30 minutes later, officers from the Modesto Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Ford 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 officers tracked the Ford to the area of Ritsch St and Beverly Ave. They observed the Ford parked unoccupied in front of a residence. The officers then contacted the STAN CATT auto theft task force to take over the investigation. Investigators responded and set up surveillance in hopes of arresting the thief. After a short period, a male suspect exited the residence and entered the Ford. As he started to drive away, the investigators descended on the Ford. The suspect exited and fled back into the residence where investigators followed and arrested him.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford Mustang in January 2005.