The owner of a 2007 Volvo V50 recently discovered that the vehicle had had been stolen from the area of his residence located in New Holland. The Volvo owner called 911 and the Berks County Police Department Radio dispatched a uniformed officer to investigate the incident. The officer quickly arrived on location, interviewed the complainant and then surveyed the area for the Volvo. When the officer was unable to locate the Volvo arrangements were made to have the stolen vehicle information entered into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Volvo.
The members of the Pennsylvania State Police Auto Theft Task Force monitor any and all stolen vehicle activity in and around their jurisdiction. The highly trained auto theft investigators became aware that New Holland Police Department had accepted a stolen vehicle report for the LoJack equipped Volvo. The task force members are assigned to undercover police vehicles which are equipped with LoJack Police Stolen Vehicle Tracking Computers. A task force member quickly picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Volvo 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 auto theft investigator tracked the signal to the area of Mulberry Street in Reading. The investigator observed the parked Volvo and cautiously approached same to discover that the vehicle was unoccupied. The investigator retreated and placed the stolen Volvo under surveillance. A short time later, two males approached the Volvo and entered same. The auto theft investigator approached the males and identified himself as a police officer by announcing police in a loud voice and displaying police identity. The investigator detained both males and transported same to a secure facility. One of the males provided a statement to the investigator admitting his involvement in the theft. The subject was charged with violations of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code related to theft and the New Holland PD was advised regarding the actions taken by the task force investigator.
This incident remains under investigation by the members of the Pennsylvania State Police Auto Theft Task Force.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Volvo V50 in January 2007 at Volvo of Fredericksburg in Virginia.