The owners of a 2006 Hyundai Sonata awoke to discover their vehicle had been stolen during the night from their home. They contacted the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office and reported the theft. A deputy sheriff verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers. This routine action automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Hyundai.
Five minutes later officers with the Pueblo Police Department and troopers with the Colorado State Patrol began picking up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Hyundai with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTCs) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTCs they tracked the Hyundai to a parking lot in the 4200 block of North Elizabeth Street.
In reviewing video tapes from a near-by business officers saw that the Hyundai and another car, a 2008 Chevrolet Impala, had entered the parking lot in the pre-dawn hours. Both cars were parked in the rear lot and two suspects left the area walking. The lead car had been the Impala and it was found to be a reported stolen vehicle from Rushville, Nebraska. The license plates on the Chevrolet had been stolen in Westminster, Colorado.
The Sonata had followed the Chevrolet into the parking lot and it was found to be undamaged. Both cars were processed for evidence and will be returned to their owners. This case remains under investigation.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Hyundai Sonata at the request of the owners in April 2007 at Spradley Chevrolet in Pueblo, Colorado.