The owners of a 2010 Ford Focus contacted the Detroit Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from their residence.
The Detroit 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 Ford.
A short while later detectives from the Oakland County Auto Theft (OCAT) Task Force picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Ford 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 detectives determined that the Ford was mobile.
Working as a team the detectives located the Ford travelling on a roadway that borders Wayne and Oakland Counties. With the assistance of marked cruisers a felony stop was made. This deterred any possibility of a pursuit thus making it safer for the community, the officers and the suspect.
The driver was arrested without incident. Because of the quick recovery the suspect did not have enough time to strip it or use it to commit additional crimes. The stolen Ford was impounded and later returned to the owner. This matter is to be further investigated by OCAT.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford Focus in August 2010 at Bronx Ford in New York.