The owners of a BMW 745 contacted the Detroit Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen at gun point by two males.
The Detroit 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 BMW.
Minutes later pilots with the Michigan State Police on routine air patrol in “Trooper 2” along with officers from the Detroit PD and troopers with the Michigan State Police picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen BMW with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, and working together, they tracked the BMW which was on the move in a residential area of Detroit.
As law enforcement began to close in on the stolen BMW, both of the suspects exited and fled on foot. K9 units responded to the scene and after a lengthy search law enforcement was unable to locate the suspects. The stolen BMW was impounded for processing. Because of the quick recovery the suspects did not have enough time to strip the stolen BMW or use it to commit additional crimes. This matter is to be further investigated by the South East Auto Theft Team (SEATT).
The LoJack® System was installed in the BMW 745 in October 2002 at Wagner BMW in West Springfield, Massachusetts.