The owner of a 2005 Ford F-350 pickup truck discovered their vehicle missing from where they stored it. In addition a trailer with a Caterpillar skid steer loader was attached to the pickup truck. The owner contacted the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to report their Ford stolen, with its trailer and construction equipment. The responding officer prepared a stolen vehicle report, theft affidavit and had the vehicle’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers.
Immediately upon activation, a Miami-Dade Police Department officer picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen F-350 on their on-board LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC). The officer began tracking the stolen F-350 by following the directional and audible cues on their PTC screen. The officer, along with their backup, located the F-350 near S.W. 76th Court and S.W. 12th Street. They notified their auto theft unit, who responded and set up surveillance on the F-350. After several hours the surveillance was terminated, the pickup truck was recovered, towed to the police impound yard for safekeeping, and removed from federal and state crime computer systems. Lucky for the owner that they had a LoJack® System on their pickup truck, as the trailer and skid steer loader was recovered as well.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 2005 Ford F-350 in May 2005 at AutoNation Ford in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.