LoJack® System Helps Salt Lake City Police Department Recover Stolen Pontiac Grand Prix

  • April 5, 2016
  • recovery stories

In this case the owner of a Pontiac Grand Prix made a quick stop for a morning cup at a local coffee shop, leaving his keys in the car and was “only gone for a minute” when his car was stolen.

The Salt Lake City Police Department was notified of the theft and a police officer had the vehicle data entered into the state and national crime database.  This routine action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Pontiac.

Just a few minutes’ later the Salt Lake City PD officers picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Pontiac with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTCs) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft.

Using the directional and signal strength indications on the PTC the police quickly tracked and recovered the abandoned stolen Pontiac in an alley near 1500 South Roberta Street.  As there were no keys with the Pontiac a tow truck had to be summoned.

While waiting for the tow truck to respond the officer and owner, who had been called to the scene, went to the front of the property and the Pontiac was momentarily out of view.  In that short interval a female “with the owner’s car keys” entered the Pontiac and was in the process of starting it when she was discovered and taken into custody.  She was jailed on two crimes; #1 auto theft and #2 attempted auto theft.  The happy owner got his car and keys back as well as a practical lesson about leaving his Pontiac unattended with keys in it; even for a minute.

The LoJack® System was installed in the Pontiac Grand Prix in November 2004 at the request of the first owner of the Pontiac at Courtesy Pontiac Suzuki in Las Vegas, Nevada.