In the morning just as employees of a construction site were arriving for work they observed that two of their equipment and service trucks had just been stolen from the work location. The thefts were reported to the Weld County Sheriff’s Office and a Deputy verified the thefts and took the crime report.
The vehicle information for both trucks was entered into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in one of the trucks. The second truck, although nearly identical to the first, was not equipped with LoJack.
Just minutes later deputies with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office and Officers with the Commerce City Police Department and Thornton Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Ford truck 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 48th Avenue and Forest Street. Both stolen trucks were traveling together and both suspects were driving recklessly through traffic in an attempt to avoid capture. Due to the risks to public safety and with the knowledge that the LoJack technology permits police to relocate the stolen Ford due to its continuing homing beacon the officers did not continue to pursue.
Short time later the Denver Police Department officers picked up the signal and quickly located the two freshly abandoned trucks in the Swansea/Globeville area. All of the construction equipment, tools and supplies were still on both trucks and had not been stolen due to the quick entry, activation and police response due to the LoJack technology. Evidence was collected from both trucks and the investigation is continuing by authorities.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford F-550 in March 2005 through Commercial Sales.