The owner of a 2007 Infiniti G35 contacted the Cleveland Police Department to report that his vehicle was stolen. The victim owns a used car lot in Cleveland. Five suspects dressed in dark clothing and wearing masks were recorded on video breaking into the business. While inside, the suspects took over 50 sets of car keys and then stole five vehicles that were parked on the lot.
The Cleveland 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 Infiniti.
A short while later officers with the Cleveland PD and troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Infiniti 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 troopers and officers determined that the stolen Infiniti was mobile. Upon observing law enforcement, the suspects sped off through neighborhoods. The suspects abandoned the Infiniti next to a business and fled on foot.
Because of the quick recovery there was only minor damage to the stolen Infiniti and the suspects did not have enough time to strip it. The stolen Infiniti was impounded for processing. Forensic evidence was obtained and suspect info is currently being compiled.
A few days after the recovery of the stolen Infiniti, the suspects returned to the same car dealership and stole three more vehicles. Investigators from several agencies in the Cleveland Metro area are working together due to over 100 vehicles stolen from 12 car dealerships in late July with the same method of operation. This matter is still under investigation.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Infiniti G35 in March 2009 at Luxury Motors O’Hare in Franklin Park, Illinois.