LoJack® System Helps Law Enforcement Recover a Stolen 1998 Nissan Maxima

  • June 8, 2016
  • recovery stories

The owner of a 1998 Nissan Maxima 4-door sedan parked their car on Friday evening at their home. On Saturday when they returned to where they had parked in an attempt to use it, they discovered their Nissan missing. They contacted the Miami Gardens Police Department to report their Nissan 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.

Shortly after activation while on routine patrol, a Miami Gardens Police Department auto theft detective and an Auto Theft Task Force investigator picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Maxima on their on-board LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC). The detective and investigator began tracking the stolen Maxima by following the directional and audible cues on the PTC screen and tracked the vehicle by communicating with each other. The detective and investigator observed the stolen Maxima parked on the north side of a shopping center near Aventura Boulevard and Biscayne Boulevard with a subject smoking a cigarette near the vehicle. The detective and investigator proceeded to the Maxima as it was on the other side of the wall where from where they observed it. The detective drove up to the Maxima and apprehended the suspects. The investigator positioned himself so that they could lead the officers from the Aventura Police Department, who were backing up the detective, to where the suspects were being detained. After further investigation, one suspect was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and the other suspect was released as it appeared that he was not involved in the theft or possession of the stolen Maxima. The Maxima was recovered, towed to the police impound yard for safekeeping, and removed from state and federal crime information computer systems.

It should be noted that this Maxima was stolen and successfully recovered with the use of the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System once before in March 2016. The previous owner truly did a favor for the current owner by installing a LoJack® System in their Maxima.

The LoJack® System was installed in the 1998 Nissan Maxima in April 2003 at Miller Honda Van Nuys in California.