The owner of a 2008 BMW 550 called the Chicago Police Department to report his vehicle was stolen by a female he had just met at the convenience store on the 6000 block of Western Avenue in Chicago’s West Ridge neighborhood. The victim told police that he had stopped to buy beer and when he got out of his BMW the female jumped the console, locked the doors and drove away. The Chicago 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 BMW.
Minutes after the BMW was activated a Chicago PD squad from the Jefferson Park District equipped with LoJack’s Police Tracking Computer (PTC) picked up the silent and directional signal being broadcast from the stolen BMW. The Chicago PD unit tracked the stolen BMW to the 5400 block of North Mulligan Avenue in Chicago’s Jefferson Park neighborhood where the vehicle was being parked by the offender. The offender told responding officers that the BMW belonged to her boyfriend and she had taken it from him because he was “too drunk to drive.” Upon further investigation the offender was unaware of “her boyfriend’s” last name or where he lived. The offender was arrested and charged with criminal trespass to vehicle and possession of marijuana.
Due to LoJack the owner of this 2008 BMW 550 had his vehicle recovered shortly after it was entered into as stolen. The BMW was recovered before it could be damaged, stripped, cloned, or re-tagged.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 2008 BMW 550 in July 2007 at Cunningham BMW in El Cajon, California.