The owners of a 2007 Nissan Maxima contacted the Lawrence Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen.
The Nissan was stolen from a Class II Used Car dealership in the City of Lawrence. The Nissan was not reported stolen until five days after the theft. The Nissan was stolen with the keys in the vehicle.
The Lawrence 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 Nissan.
A short while later officers from the following departments; Milton Police Department, Somerville Police Department, Randolph Police Department, Brockton Police Department, Massasoit Community College Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police, picked up the silent LoJack signal from 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, a trooper tracked the signal to a vehicle and stopped that vehicle. The thief had gone to great lengths to hide the identity of the vehicle. The Vehicle Identification Number plate in the dashboard had been swapped with a VIN plate from a vehicle which had been crushed in a salvage yard. The thief had also removed the manufacturer’s Mylar sticker off the crushed vehicle and had affixed that to the stolen vehicle as well. The stolen vehicle was towed and secured. The following morning experts were able to confirm that the vehicle towed was in fact the stolen Maxima out of Lawrence.
Members of the Massachusetts State Police and the National Insurance Crime Bureau are doing a follow-up investigation into the theft and the procurement of the phony VIN plate and sticker.
The LoJack System was installed in the Nissan Maxima in October 2006 by Rockingham Toyota Dodge Nissan in Salem, New Hampshire.
- Brockton Police Department
- five days
- Lawrence Police Department
- LoJack System
- Massachusetts State Police
- Massasoit Community College Police Department
- Milton Police Department
- National Insurance Crime Bureau
- New Hampshire
- Nissan Maxima
- Randolph Police Department
- Somerville Police Department
- United States
- used car
- Vehicle Identification Number