LoJack® System Helps Los Angeles Police Department Recover Stolen Nissan Pathfinder

  • June 14, 2016
  • recovery stories

The owners of a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder contacted the Los Angeles Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen. Apparently the owner had lost a set of keys three weeks prior. Officers 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 LAPD Air-10 flight officers 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, Air-10 tracked the Nissan to the area of 104th and Grand Ave where they observed the vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed. Air-10 broadcasted this information then observed the Nissan pull into a service station and observe a male exit and enter the self-serve store at that location. Ground units from the LAPD Southeast Division responded and detained a female who was inside the Nissan. They entered the store and observed a male matching the description provided by Air-10. He was detained and found to have keys to the Nissan and a set of “Shaved Keys” commonly used by car thieves. When questioned, the suspect told them he had borrowed the Nissan from his cousin the day prior. Officers later booked this male suspect for a “felony” driving a motor vehicle without owner’s permission. They also arrested and booked the female on outstanding warrants. The undamaged Nissan was released to the owner at the scene.

The LoJack® System was installed in the Nissan Pathfinder in June 2012 at Connell Nissan in Costa Mesa, California.