The owner of this Ford Pickup reported that his vehicle had been stolen from a parking lot at his place of employment. The California Highway Patrol 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.
Just minutes after the LoJack was activated and nearly 80 miles to the south, an officer with the Merced Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Ford with the LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officer tracked the vehicle to a business district near downtown Merced. The officer ultimately spotted the vehicle in the drive-through lane of a fast food restaurant. Assisting officers responded and the suspect was taken into custody before he had time to pick up his food at the window. The adult male suspect was arrested for vehicle theft and possession of stolen property. The vehicle was recovered intact and undamaged; it was stored pending release to the owner.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford in September 2009 at Ford of Dublin in Dublin, California.