The owner of a 2015 Chevrolet Trax called the Rio Rancho Police Department in the early morning to report her vehicle was stolen. The owner advised she was warming up the vehicle when an unknown offender stole the Chevrolet without her permission.
The Rio Rancho 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 Chevrolet.
About an hour after the activation, officers and an auto theft detective with the Albuquerque Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Chevrolet with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in their patrol and undercover vehicles. Following the audible and directional cues from the PTC, the Chevrolet was determined to be mobile. The officers and the detective tracked the mobile Chevrolet through several area commands until it came to a stop in the area of Lomas and Tennessee in the Southeast Area Command. The offender attempted to be clever by removing the issued license plate and swapping it with a temporary permit; often times this is done in an attempt to conceal the vehicle’s identity and stolen vehicle status from law enforcement. Through excellent teamwork, communication and outstanding police work, the officers and detective located and identified the auto theft offender who was found to be on parole for auto theft related charges.
Officers had the Chevrolet processed for evidence and the owner responded to the recovery scene. The owner advised she was very nervous after the theft of the Chevrolet but was glad she purchased LoJack. The Chevrolet was released back to the owner at the recovery scene.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Chevrolet Trax in May 2015 at Galles Chevrolet in Albuquerque, New Mexico.