The owner of a 2003 Ford F150 pickup contacted the Dallas Police Dept to report that his vehicle had been stolen. The Dallas Police Dept recovered a stolen Chevrolet Avalanche that they found abandoned and had a city contract wrecker tow it to the Dallas City Pound. As the wrecker, towing the Avalanche, was about to drive into the city pound, three suspects in a stolen Jeep cut off the wrecker and pointed semi-automatic weapons at the wrecker driver and demanded that he unhook the Avalanche. The wrecker driver complied and the suspects sped off in the stolen Jeep and the stolen Avalanche. As they approached an intersection, the suspects in the stolen Jeep collided with another vehicle making the Jeep inoperable. At this point the owner of this Ford pickup was driving by the accident. The suspects pointed their guns at the owner and demanded his Ford pickup. He complied and the suspects drove off in it.
The Dallas Police Dept verified the carjacking and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Ford pickup.
A short while later officers from the Dallas Police Dept picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Ford pickup 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 officers tracked the stolen Ford pickup and observed it traveling westbound in the 5300 block of Singleton Blvd. When officers attempted to stop it, a chase ensued. The chase ended when the stolen Ford pickup ran out of gas. There was one suspect in the stolen pickup and he was apprehended and arrested. The Ford pickup was recovered in good condition. The stolen Avalanche has not been recovered. This is an ongoing investigation.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford F150 pickup in February of 2007 at CarMax in Irving, TX.