The owners of a 2009 Ford Edge contacted the Los Angeles Police Department to report their vehicle was stolen.
The LAPD Harbor 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 Ford.
Only 5 minutes later officers from the Los Angeles Port Police Department 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 to a grocery store parking lot in the city of San Pedro. Officers spotted the Ford traveling through the parking lot and stopping in front of the grocery store. The Ford was being driven by a male subject with a female passenger. The Ford’s license plates had been removed and replaced with paper dealer plates. The occupants of the stolen Ford were detained and questioned. The driver claimed he was leant the Ford by an acquaintance. The officers learned the male driver had a warrant for his arrest and prior arrests for theft and carjacking. Both occupants of the Ford were arrested and the female passenger was later released.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford Edge in October 2009 at Auto Nation Ford in Torrance, California.