The owner of a Ford F150 pickup contacted the Irving Police Department to report that his vehicle was stolen in a carjacking. The owner had been at a club and had met a woman. They both left in his pickup. The owner pulled his Ford pickup into an alleyway, as directed by the woman, and was followed by a Toyota pickup. When the owner stopped his Ford pickup, two suspects jumped out of the Toyota pickup, pointed a shotgun at him and demanded his vehicle. The owner gave them his keys and one of the suspects jumped into the Ford pickup and drove off, the other suspect and the woman jumped into the Toyota pickup and left the location. It was obvious that the woman set the owner up to get robbed.
The Irving 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 Ford.
Later, officers from the Dallas Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from this stolen Ford pickup 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 this stolen Ford pickup to a house in the 3600 block of Brandon St, where they observed it parked in the driveway. Parked behind it was a 2003 Chevrolet pickup. A computer check showed that the Chevrolet pickup was also stolen in a carjacking this same day. The Toyota pickup, used in the both carjacking’s, was parked on the street. Officers gained entry into the house and found four suspects hiding in the back bedroom. They were taken into custody. In the back bedroom officers found personal property belonging to the owners of this Ford and the Chevrolet pickup. The shotgun used in both carjacking’s was found inside the suspect’s Toyota pickup. This Ford pickup was recovered in good condition.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford F150 pickup in December 2003 by Ken Nichols Ford in Ft Worth, Texas.