The owner of a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta reported to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department that his vehicle was stolen after he left his key in the driver’s door. The owner stated he was leaving his apartment to go to work but had to go back inside the apartment. When he came out, the owner saw the suspect jump into the Jetta and drive away. The owner advised the reporting officer that the Volkswagen was equipped with a LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery device. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg 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.
Moments after the Volkswagen was entered into the system, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD officer picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Volkswagen with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC’s) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC the officer tracked the Volkswagen to an apartment complex. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD Street Crimes Unit responded to the scene in undercover vehicles and placed the Jetta under surveillance in an attempt to catch the suspect returning to the Volkswagen. After several hours of surveillance, the suspect did not return to the scene and the Volkswagen was recovered and returned to the owner.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Volkswagen Jetta in May 2010 at Linden Volkswagen in Roselle, New Jersey.