The owners of a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am contacted the Grass Valley Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen. The victim stated the Pontiac was parked in front of their residence overnight.
The Grass Valley 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 Pontiac.
Less than 30 minutes later, officers from the Grass Valley PD and Nevada County Sheriff’s Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Pontiac with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers tracked the Pontiac to the area of E. Bennett and Brunswick Rd. The officers observed the stolen Pontiac stopped on the side of the road next to a Honda Accord which was running. They observed three suspects next to the vehicles. The suspects were detained and questioned without incident.
The three suspects were then arrested for auto theft and booked into the Nevada County jail. All suspects were on probation.
Officers are continuing the investigation to determine if the Honda Accord was also stolen.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Pontiac Grand Am in September 2001 at Folsom Buick Pontiac in California.