The owner of a 2005 Ford F350 called the Albuquerque Police Department to report the vehicle and the trailer he was towing were stolen. The owner advised the Ford and trailer were stolen from the hotel parking lot in the area of Eubank and Lomas where he was staying while passing through Albuquerque. The Albuquerque 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. The trailer was not equipped with LoJack.
Just 19 minutes after the activation, officers with the Albuquerque PD, both in ground units and Air5, officers with New Mexico State Police, officers with Bosque Farms Police Department and deputies with the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office, picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Ford with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in their patrol vehicles and aircraft. The Ford was tracked to the area of Edith and Bell where it was found parked along the curb.
The Ford was found to be abandoned with no major damage with the exception of the ignition. The trailer was not located at the scene and is still outstanding. The owner was notified of the recovery and responded to the scene. The owner had no idea his Ford was equipped with LoJack but was sure glad it was. The owner took possession of his Ford and was able to continue on with his trip.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford F350 in January 2005 at Redlands Auto Center in California.