The owners of a 2007 Ford F350 contacted the California Highway Patrol to report that their vehicle was stolen, after they received a LoJack Early Warning notification from their LoJack® Stolen Vehicle Recovery System. The victim lives rurally and his pickup was taken early in the morning. He received an early warning notification that his Ford may be missing at approximately 5:15 am.
The CHP-Tracy Area office verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Ford F350.
Less than 15 minutes later, officers from the San Leandro Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Ford 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 107th and MacArthur Blvd where he observed the vehicle being driven by a suspect. The officer conducted a felony traffic stop and the suspect was taken into custody without incident. The suspect was questioned, arrested for auto theft and booked.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford F350 in August 2008 by Sunrise Ford in Fontana, California.