The owner of a 2006 Chevrolet HHR contacted the Kern County Sheriff’s Department to report that their vehicle was stolen. The Kern County SD verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Chevrolet.
Several hours later, the flight crew of H-40, a Fresno based California Highway Patrol helicopter picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Chevrolet with the LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the flight crew tracked the Chevrolet to the vicinity of Sebastian Road and Wheeler Ridge in southern Kern County. Ground units responded and located the Chevrolet unoccupied and abandoned on the side of the road.
The Chevrolet was recovered intact and undamaged; it was stored pending release to the owner.
The LoJack® System was installed in April 2006 by Midway Chevrolet in Phoenix, Arizona.