The owner of a 1997 Mercedes Benz C-280 4-door sedan drove into a Hialeah gas station, left their car “running,” exited it and went inside the building. When they returned, they discovered their Mercedes missing. The owner contacted the Hialeah Police Department to report their vehicle stolen. The responding officer prepared a stolen vehicle report, theft affidavit and had the vehicle’s information entered into the state and federal crime information computers.
Later that morning, while on routine traffic patrol on Florida’s Turnpike, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Mercedes Benz C-280 on their on-board LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC). The trooper began tracking the stolen Mercedes by following the directional and audible cues on the PTC screen. The trooper, along with their backup, observed the 4-door sedan traveling northbound at about the 148 mile marker. The troopers performed a “felony stop” on the Mercedes. The suspects were arrested for Grand Theft Auto and transported to the St Lucie County Jail. The 4-door sedan was recovered, towed to the police impound yard for safekeeping and removed from state and federal crime information computer systems.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 1997 Mercedes Benz C-280 in April 1997 at Mercedes Benz of Miami in Florida.