The owner of a 2005 Nissan Titan pickup truck called the El Paso Police Department, Texas, to report their vehicle was stolen. The owner is in the military stationed at the local Army Post and still had his Washington state issued license plate on the truck. The El Paso 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 Nissan.
A deputy with the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department, New Mexico, picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Nissan with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the audible and directional cues from the PTC, the deputy tracked the signal to the area of Highway 136 in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. The deputy lost the signal and requested assistance from the US Border Patrol to search the open desert area but the Nissan was not located.
The deputy returned to the area during her next shift and again picked up the LoJack signal. Using the LoJack directional indicator she determined the signal was coming from the Northwest area of El Paso. The deputy requested permission from her Sergeant, who also drives a LoJack equipped vehicle, to continue the track into Texas. The deputy and the Sergeant tracked the stolen Nissan to the El Paso neighborhood, located the Nissan parked and unoccupied. The offenders attempted to conceal the Nissan’s identity by swapping out the Washington plate with a Texas plate but that did not fool the deputies. The El Paso PD was notified of the recovery and they took over the investigation from the Dona Ana County SO deputies. The stolen Nissan was recovered and will be returned to the owner.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Nissan Titan in June 2005 at Bruce Titus Nissan in Olympia, Washington.