The owner of a 2011 Hyundai Sonata contacted the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from the parking lot of an amusement park while attending the park between 5PM and 8:15PM. The parking lot space where the Hyundai had been left locked and secure by the owner had no signs of a breaking and entering from glass breakage or tire marks indicating the vehicle had been towed. The owner reported there were three sets of keys to the Hyundai, two were accounted for at the time of the theft reporting and the third set should be held by the owner’s mother.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg 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 Hyundai.
A short while later an officer from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD was beginning his tour of duty, checking out his assigned patrol unit and stowing his equipment, when he picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Hyundai 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 officer was directed to the area of W.T. Harris Blvd. (east) and Kimmerly Glen Lane; twenty miles across the city from the theft location. There the officer tracked the Hyundai to an apartment complex parking lot off Endolwood Road and located the Hyundai backed into a parking space on the back side of the complex. The Hyundai was locked and no physical damage was apparent. The owner could not be reached at the time of recovery. The Hyundai was towed and stored to allow latent evidence to be collected.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Hyundai Sonata in March 2010 at Hyundai of Orange Park in Jacksonville, Florida.