The owners of a 2003 Ford F150 contacted the New Orleans Police Department to report that he was the victim of a carjacking in a parking lot in the Treme’ area of New Orleans. The owner stated that just before midnight he was standing outside of his Ford F150 in the parking lot talking on the cellphone while his truck warmed up. He was approached by several subjects one of which pointed a gun at him then all of the suspects entered his pick-up truck and fled.
The New Orleans 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.
Just 3 minutes later officers from the New Orleans PD and troopers from Louisiana State Police 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 as it was being driven across the Mississippi River. The officers located the Ford F150 parked in the front of a residence in the Algiers area of the city. Three suspects were observed fleeing from the Ford pick-up into a residence. All three of the suspects were captured and a search warrant was executed on the house. Upon executing the warrant, evidence connecting all the suspects to the carjacking was recovered. The New Orleans PD arrested the three suspects and they were charged with Carjacking, Second Degree Robbery and Illegal Use of Firearms.
The owner was contacted by the New Orleans PD and advised them their Ford F150 had been recovered quickly in great shape via LoJack. The owners arrived on the scene a short while later and took possession of their Ford F150 truck.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford F150 in October 2003 at Pasadena Ford in California.