The owner of a Ford F350 pickup contacted the Garland Police Department to report that his vehicle was stolen from his business parking lot.
The Garland 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.
A short while later, the Dallas PD helicopter picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Ford pickup with the LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC) that is installed in their helicopter. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the helicopter tracked the stolen Ford pickup to a house, where it was backed into the front driveway. The helicopter directed patrol squads to the house. Officers were met by three individuals who lived at the house. One of the individuals claimed that a friend of his asked to park the stolen Ford pickup at his house. The friend was going to come back later to get it. This individual only knew the friend by the nickname “Shaggy.” This individual is now a suspect and an arrest warrant is pending. The Ford pickup had a broken steering column and a punched out driver’s side door lock.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford pickup in April 2004 at Citrus Motors in Ontario, California.