Employees of a home improvement store in Staten Island, New York, reported that a customer had made a request to rent a Ford E350 van. The necessary paperwork was completed and the van was driven from the store parking lot. When the van was not returned in the allotted time frame, the employees made numerous attempts to contact the customer but each attempt had negative results. The managerial staff was advised regarding the situation and a call was placed to the New York Police Department. A uniformed officer responded to the call for service and conducted an investigation. The officer then prepared a stolen vehicle report and arranged for the stolen vehicle information to be entered into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Ford E350.
A short while later officers from the Bethlehem Police Department, in Pennsylvania, 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, the officers tracked the signal to the area of Stanford Road in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The officers observed the subject Ford which was parked at the side of the road. The officers cautiously approached the Ford and determined that same was unoccupied.
The highly trained auto theft investigators from the Lehigh County Auto Theft Task Force were notified and responded to the scene. The investigators processed the subject Ford for physical evidence and then secured same for further investigation. The incident remains under investigation by the Lehigh County Auto Theft task Force.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford E 350 in May 2013 as a commercial installation.