LoJack® System in Stolen BMW 545i Leads to Recovery of 3 Stolen Vehicles by the Puget Sound Auto Theft Task Force

  • September 19, 2018
  • Law Enforcement

The owner of a silver 2005 BMW 545i came home to find her vehicle missing from outside of a Spanaway, WA area residence in which she was temporarily residing.  The vehicle keys were also missing from inside the home.  The theft was immediately reported to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.  The responding deputy verified the theft and entered the stolen vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the BMW.

Early the next morning, a Puyallup PD officer on his way home from a graveyard shift received a  LoJack® signal while in the 21400 block of Connells Prairie Rd E, Buckley. Utilizing the audible and visual signals of the PTC, the officer was able to navigate to a dead end gravel road in unincorporated Buckley, WA.  The officer requested back up and was assisted by a Bonney Lake Officer and two Pierce County Deputies.  The other officers were familiar with the area and a residence known for stolen vehicles and drug activity.  The officers traveled the gravel road to the suspect residence and the stolen BMW could be seen just south of the residence.  Other vehicles were scattered around the wooded property. Officers then notified detectives from the Puget Sound Auto Theft Task Force.

Detectives with the task force applied for and were granted a Pierce County Superior Court search warrant to enter the property and recover the stolen BMW.  During the search warrant, the BMW on the property was confirmed to be the stolen BMW out of Pierce County Sheriff’s Department that was emitting the silent LoJack® signal.  Detectives also recovered a 2006 International flatbed tow truck that had been stolen out of Seattle PD and a 1992 Ford F-450 tow truck that was stolen out of King County Sheriff’s Department.  All three vehicles were impounded for safekeeping and the investigation continues into this residence and its occupants.

The LoJack® System was installed in 2007 by BMW Northwest- Fife when purchased.