The owner of this Ford Ranger pickup contacted the Kern County Sheriff’s Department to report that her vehicle had been stolen by a family member. The Kern County SD 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.
About 2 hours after the LoJack was activated, a deputy with the Kern County SD picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Ford with the LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the deputy tracked the Ford to a residential area near the 1000 block of Eucalyptus Drive in Bakersfield. The deputy observed the unoccupied Ford parked in the driveway of a residence. He then saw an adult male exit the residence and get into the Ford. The deputy approached and detained the male. The male suspect was found in possession of the keys to the Ford. He was questioned and admitted to stealing his mother’s Ford. He said that he had a problem with drugs and had recently relapsed. The suspect was arrested for vehicle theft and possession of stolen property. He was also charged with violating a restraining order prohibiting him from having contact with his mother or being on her property.
The owner of the Ford responded to the location and took possession of her vehicle; it was intact and undamaged.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford Ranger in May 2006 by McComb’s Ford West in San Antonio, Texas.