The owner of a 2005 Ford F350 pickup contacted the Dallas Police Department to report that his pickup was stolen. The owner had parked his pickup on the street in front of his house with a trailer attached to it and a trencher on the trailer. When he returned, his pickup, trailer and trencher were missing. The pickup was the only vehicle equipped with a LoJack® System.
The Dallas 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 Ford.
Later, officers from the Rowlett Police Department, while driving through Dallas, picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Ford with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers tracked the stolen pickup and observed it at a gas station in the 5000 block of N Buckner Blvd with a suspect in the driver’s seat. When the suspect saw the officers he drove off in the stolen pickup at a high rate of speed. Officers continued to follow this stolen pickup and the suspect eventually stopped, jumped out of the stolen pickup and fled on foot. He was apprehended. The pickup had damage to the steering column and the suspect had put a paper tag over the license plate. The trailer and trencher were not recovered.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford F350 in September 2005 at Texas Motors Ford in Ft Worth, Texas.