The owner of a 2013 Mazda Mazda3 4-door sedan was accosted in the 3900 block of Caribbean Village, West Palm Beach, by two gun wielding subjects, who carjacked the owner’s Mazda. The owner contacted the West Palm Beach 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 patrol, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputy picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Mazda3 on their on-board LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC). The deputy began tracking the stolen Mazda by following the directional and audible cues on the PTC screen. The deputy, along with their backup, located the 4-door sedan. Upon activating their emergency equipment, the occupants of the Mazda began to flee. With the assistance of the Palm Beach SO aviation unit, the stolen Mazda was under constant surveillance. The passenger bailed out of the Mazda at 45th Street and Congress Avenue and remains at large. The driver exited the Mazda near 45th Street and Corporate Way and tried to flee on foot, but was quickly apprehended. The Mazda 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 2013 Mazda Mazda3 November 2015 at Royal Palm Mazda in Royal Palm Beach, Florida.