The owners of a 2007 Cadillac Escalade contacted the Los Angeles Police Department to report their vehicle was taken by carjacking. The suspect used a handgun to take the Cadillac from the victim; however the victim was not injured.
The LAPD 77th 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 Cadillac.
Only 17 minutes later an LAPD airship picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Cadillac 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 LAPD Airship tracked the Cadillac to the rear of a residence in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department South Los Angeles area. The LAPD Airship contacted the LASD South LA and had patrol deputies respond to the location. When the patrol deputies arrived they drove down an alley to the rear of the location. From their vantage point the deputies were able to see the stolen Cadillac with a subject sitting in the driver seat. The subject spotted the deputies and began to walk away from the Cadillac. The deputies were able to detain the subject. Upon questioning the subject, he said he was just going to move the Cadillac for a friend. The deputies contacted the owner of the house, whom stated the detained subject brought the Cadillac to the house. The owner did not know the Cadillac was stolen. The detained subject matched the description of the suspect given by the victim. The subject was arrested for carjacking and will have to be positively identified at a later point. The undamaged Cadillac was recovered.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Cadillac Escalade in July 2008 through Direct Sales.