The owner of a 1999 Cadillac CTS contacted the Pasadena Police Department to report that his vehicle was stolen from a repair shop sometime during the night. Apparently the Cadillac had been left unlocked with the keys inside. Officers 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.
A short while later, flight deputies from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Air 8 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, they tracked the Cadillac to the area of Almaden and Ave 51, northeast area of Los Angeles and notified ground units from the Northeast division of the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers responded to the area and located the stolen Cadillac which was unoccupied. They set surveillance and within a short time, the Cadillac drove by them containing one male adult driver. The officers began following the stolen Cadillac at which time the suspect pulled over exiting the vehicle on Phillips Way. The officers immediately detained the suspect without further incident. A field investigation led to the discovery of the keys to the Cadillac and a glass pipe being found on the suspect. The suspect was arrested and later booked for the theft of the Cadillac and possession of a controlled substance.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Cadillac CTS in February 1999 at Miller Cadillac in Los Angeles, California.