The owners of a Jeep Cherokee contacted the Hazelton Police Department to report that their vehicle had been stolen from within the confines of Hazelton City, PA. The Hazelton PD Radio dispatched an officer to investigate the incident. The officer quickly arrived on location, interviewed the complainant and searched the area for the stolen Jeep. When the Jeep could not be located the assigned officer prepared a stolen vehicle report and arranged to have the stolen vehicle information entered into the state and federal crime computers.
Members of the Central Unit of the Pennsylvania State Police Task Force entered the city of Hazelton, PA, to attend auto theft training. The highly trained auto theft investigators are assigned undercover vehicles equipped with LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC). Upon entering the Hazelton City limits, the PTC in the police vehicle activated and alerted the investigators that a LoJack equipped stolen vehicle was in the area. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the auto theft investigators tracked the signal to the area of 11th Street in Hazelton where a vehicle matching the description of the stolen Jeep was observed, however the vehicle was displaying a different license number. An undercover investigator approached the Jeep and observed three occupants inside the Jeep. The investigator also observed that the last four digits of the public vehicle identification number matched that of the stolen Jeep. The occupants were detained and the stolen Jeep was confiscated for safekeeping. One of the Jeep occupants was found to be a fugitive with an outstanding warrant.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Jeep on June 2001 at Thompson Nissan in Doylestown PA.