The managers of an automobile dealership contacted the Pueblo Police Department to report that one of their vehicles, a 2014 Hyundai Elantra, was found to have been stolen from the lot. The theft was discovered because of broken glass found in the parking lot where the Hyundai had been parked which indicated that the window had been broken so the suspect could obtain the locked key-box which contained the key to the car.
A police officer verified the theft and had the vehicle information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This action automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Hyundai.
A short while later several officers with the Pueblo PD picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Hyundai 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 Hyundai to a closed residential garage. As additional officers were deploying to the area the suspect and one passenger opened the garage door and sped away. As they did so the passenger tumbled out of the Hyundai into the street and was taken into custody by police.
The suspect continued to drive at a reckless pace and the police elected to not pursue due to the extreme danger to the public and because the LoJack would continue to disclose the Hyundai’s location.
Shortly thereafter the freshly abandoned stolen Hyundai was tracked and located by the Pueblo PD at an apartment complex. The suspect had fled but had already been identified by his passenger. The suspect was found to be on parole for other crimes and is now being sought for this offense too.
The Hyundai had sustained some damage due to the theft and the suspect’s actions prior to the police intervention but the damage was limited what it would have been due to the quick recovery by police.
The LoJack® System was recently installed in the Hyundai Elantra by Spradley Chevrolet in Pueblo, CO.