The owners of a 1987 Buick Regal, in very good condition, contacted the Denver Police Department when they discovered that their vehicle had been stolen from Leetsdale Drive in Denver during the night-time. A police officer verified the theft and had the vehicle information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine action automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Buick.
Five-minutes later officers with the Aurora Police Department were picking up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Buick with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, these officers tracked the signal to a residence on North Moline Street.
Discussions with family members at the residence where the signal was coming from disclosed that the stolen Regal was being concealed by a tarp in the back yard. A similar Buick, in poor condition, was in the suspect’s garage. Speculation of motives for the theft could be that parts from the stolen Buick were going to be removed or that the vehicle identity from the poor Buick was going to be switched to the good Buick.
During their investigation officers also found a stolen 2007 Buell XB Supersport motorcycle in the back yard, also concealed by a tarp. This motorcycle had been stolen in Denver over a month earlier would have gone undiscovered had it not been for the stolen Buick with LoJack.
These stolen vehicle recoveries have the attention of the auto theft task force investigators who will be continuing this investigation.
The suspect in this case was not present and requests from his family to return home were ignored. Apparently this person wasn’t anxious to explain to police how the stolen vehicles came to be on his property.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Buick Regal in 2003 at the request of a previous owner but to the very great relief of the current owners and the appreciation of Colorado law enforcement.