The owner of a 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse contacted the Sunnyvale Police Department to report that their vehicle had been stolen. The victim stated they discovered the Mitsubishi missing from the parking garage of a business in the 1100 block of Innovation Way.
The Sunnyvale 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 Mitsubishi Eclipse.
At this same time, detectives from the San Mateo County Vehicle Theft Task Force were checking on a business complex in the 300 block of Demeter Street in the city of East Palo Alto where they had received information that a possible chop shop was being operated. As the detectives were in the area, they began receiving the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Mitsubishi Eclipse with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft.
Mitsubishi Recovered, Ford F-150 Also Recovered, Two Arrests Made
Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers tracked the Mitsubishi and confirmed it was at the location of the suspected chop shop. A search warrant was prepared, served at the location and the stolen Mitsubishi was located in the yard at the complex. Two suspects were arrested as they were in the process of stripping a stolen 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid. A stolen 2010 Ford F150 pickup was also found at the location.
All of the stolen vehicles were recovered and towed/stored to be released to their respective owners.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Mitsubishi Eclipse in November 2010 at Berkeley Honda in California.