A suburban dealership sold a 2009 Nissan Maxima at auction and had it stolen from a lot on 169th South Glen Oak Drive in Country Club Hills, along with other vehicles stolen from the same lot and auction. The Nissan was taken before the new owner’s transport arrived to pick up the vehicle. The dealership contacted the Country Club Hills Police Department who verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Nissan Maxima.
Within two hours of the Nissan being reported as stolen, officers from the Chicago Police Department (CPD) from the Ogden Ave District picked up the audible and directional cues being broadcast from the stolen Nissan. The officers tracked the stolen Nissan 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 CPD officers tracked the stolen Nissan to an enclosed warehouse in the 2220 block of South Millard in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. The owner of the garage was contacted who provided the lessee information. The lessee, a known felon, was contacted and agreed to meet officers on scene. Inside the garage along with the Nissan Maxima was a 2006 Ford Mustang Coup reported stolen from the auction lot. Police investigation then led to a lot on the 3100 block of South Central Ave in Cicero, Illinois, a near western suburb of Chicago, where a third car stolen with the Nissan, a 2010 Toyota Corolla, was also recovered.
Due to the LoJack® System installed in the Nissan Maxima, the vehicle was recovered undamaged before it could be stripped, re-tagged, or cloned. Also due to the track and recovery of the LoJack equipped Nissan, a 2006 Ford Mustang Coupe and a 2010 Toyota Corolla taken were also recovered with no damage. The Chicago’s Major Auto Theft Investigations Unit is coordinating the investigation of these thefts and recoveries with Country Club Hills and Cicero Police Departments.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 2009 Nissan Maxima in March 2010 at Acura of Thousand Oaks in California.
- Chicago Police Department
- Cicero Police Departments
- Country Club Hills
- Country Club Hills Police Department
- Criminal Investigation Department
- Ford Mustang
- Little Village
- Nissan Maxima
- Ogden Ave District
- Thousand Oaks
- Toyota Corolla
- two hours