The owner of a 2003 Ford F-250 pickup truck discovered their vehicle missing from their home. The owner contacted the Miami-Dade Police Department to report their vehicle stolen. The responding officer prepared a stolen vehicle report, theft affidavit and had the vehicle’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers.
Later that afternoon, a Miami Gardens Police Department auto theft detective picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen F-250 on their on-board LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC). The detective began tracking the stolen F-250 by following the directional and audible cues on their PTC screen. The investigator, along with their backup, located the F-250 in a parking space in a strip shopping center near Miami Gardens Drive and N.W. 27th Avenue. The officer set up surveillance on the F-250 as they knew that the vehicle had been driven around the north end of the county ever since it was activated. After a short period of time, a subject entered the F-250. The officers converged upon the F-250, taking the suspect into custody and ultimately arresting them for Grand Theft Auto. The pickup truck was recovered, towed to the police impound yard for safekeeping, and removed from federal and state crime computer systems.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 2003 Ford F-250 in January 2003 at AutoNation Ford in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.