The owners of a 2003 Nissan Pathfinder contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to report their vehicle was stolen. The owners sold the Nissan to a private party who used a fictitious check to make the purchase.
The LASD Pico Rivera 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 short while later the Anaheim Police Department airship “Angel” picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Nissan with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, airship Angel tracked the Nissan to a hotel parking lot in the city of Anaheim. The Anaheim PD detectives in an unmarked vehicle responded to the location and began a surveillance of the stolen Nissan. A short time later the detectives saw a male walk from the hotel to the Nissan and enter the driver door. The suspect drove away in the Nissan and the detectives followed until patrol officers were able to conduct a felony stop. When the detectives made contact with the suspect he spontaneously said “I didn’t steal the car.” When the suspect was searched he was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. The suspect was arrested for the theft of the Nissan and possession of drugs. The Nissan was released to the owner.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Nissan Pathfinder in February 2003 at Mossy Nissan in El Cajon, California.