The owner of a 2000 Ford Ranger contacted the Las Vegas Metro Police Department to report the vehicle was stolen. The owner advised he was approached by two subjects while walking to his truck in a parking garage. The subjects demanded the owner’s keys and took off in the truck with the owner giving chase on foot. The subjects hit several parked vehicles while fleeing and fired shots at the owner who was in pursuit.
The Las Vegas Metro 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 Ford.
Within a short time after the stolen vehicle entry, officers from the North Las Vegas Police Department, troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol, officers from the LVMPD and the LVMPD Air2 helicopter 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, Air 2 tracked the Ford to a residence. Air2 directed VIPER detectives to the area and they set up surveillance on the stolen Ford. A male subject was observed entering the stolen Ford and was taken into custody. The male subject was arrested for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Possession of Credit Cards without Owner’s Consent. The stolen Ford was possibly used in other crimes after the initial theft and this portion of the investigation is on-going. The Ford Ranger will be released back to the owner.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford Ranger in February 2002 at Longo Toyota in El Monte, California.