The owners of a 1996 Mercedes C220 contacted the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to report that their vehicle was stolen by unknown suspects. Deputies verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Mercedes.
A short while later officers from the Los Angeles Police Department 77th St Division picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, they located the Mercedes at 54th St and Vermont Ave where they observed it parked and occupied. They then observed the Mercedes pull away and followed it to a stereo shop on 53rd and Normandy where the occupant was detained without incident. When questioned, the suspect told the officers he was test driving the Mercedes and was going to purchase it. The suspect could not provide any information as to who he had contacted to purchase the Mercedes. He was subsequently arrested and booked for driving a motor vehicle without consent, a felony. The Mercedes was later returned to the victim, undamaged.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Mercedes C220 in December 1995 at Keyes European MBZ in Van Nuys, California.