The owners of a 2015 Volkswagen Golf contacted the Citrus Heights Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen. The victim stated the Volkswagen was taken while they were shopping and when they returned they discovered the vehicle missing.
The Citrus Heights 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 Volkswagen. The Volkswagen was also reportedly involved in a hit and run accident in Citrus Heights.
A short while later flight officers from the California Highway Patrol Air 21 picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Volkswagen 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 officers tracked the Golf to a rural area in Placer County near Camp Far West reservoir. With the help of ground units, the Golf was tracked and located near the intersection of Camp Far West and Courtney Roads. The Golf was parked and abandoned. There was minor damage to the front bumper.
The Volkswagen was towed and stored to be released to the owner later.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Volkswagen Golf in May 2016 at Roseville Toyota in California.