The owners of a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe contacted the Anaheim Police Department to report their vehicle was stolen. The owners parked their Chevrolet in their assigned car port the previous night and when they awoke they discovered it missing.
The Anaheim 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. Only sixteen minutes later officers from the Anaheim PD picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Chevrolet Tahoe 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 officers tracked the Tahoe to the area of Santa Ana Street and Harbor Boulevard. The officers spotted the Tahoe waiting to make a left turn from Rose Street onto Santa Ana Street. The Tahoe was being driven by a lone male suspect. The officers pulled in behind the Tahoe as it made its turn. The officers saw that the Tahoe had been “cold plated” but with the description of the stolen Chevrolet Tahoe, and their PTC indicating it was the stolen Tahoe, the officers stopped the vehicle. The officers detained the driver and confirmed it was the stolen Tahoe. The officers found a “jiggle key” in the ignition. The officers also found drug paraphernalia in the Tahoe and tools which they confiscated as burglary tools. The suspect told the officers that he had borrowed the Tahoe from a friend. The suspect was arrested and the Tahoe was released to its owner.
When detectives were later looking through the suspect’s cell phone they found a picture of a stolen Jeep they had recovered the previous day.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Chevrolet Tahoe in April 2005 at MK Smith Chevrolet in Chino, California.