The owner of a 1999 GMC Sierra contacted the Los Angeles Police Department Northeast Division to report that her vehicle was stolen and that her “Boy Friend” had physically battered her causing injuries during the taking of the vehicle. The victim had managed to escape from the GMC and called for help. Officers from the Northeast Division verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the GMC.
Within 12 minutes from activation of the LoJack system, the LAPD Air-16 flight officers picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen GMC with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, Air-16 tracked the GMC to Avenue 26 and Southbound 110 Freeway interchange where they spotted the vehicle moving. Ground units from the division responded and conducted a felony traffic stop at Figueroa St and Avenue 22. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident, arrested and later booked for Cohabitant Abuse, a Felony. Officers transported the victim to the scene and released the undamaged GMC to her.
The LoJack® System was installed in the GMC Sierra in August 1999 at Simi Valley GMC Pontiac in California.