LoJack System Helps the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Recover Stolen Ford Mustang

  • October 30, 2018
  • Law Enforcement

In October 2018, the owner of a 2012 Ford Mustang contacted the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to report the vehicle stolen from the driveway of their residence sometime during the night. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department 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 Officer determined that the owner had both sets of keys and that there were no current license plate reads with the Real Time Crime Center

Minutes later, an Officer from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s  Freedom Division Crime Reduction Unit picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Mustang 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 Officer tracked the vehicle to a residential area 14 miles away from the incident location.   The Officer located the vehicle parked unattended on the street in front of a residence.  The Officer examined the vehicle and saw that the steering column was damaged.  The Officer conducted a canvas of the neighborhood and spoke to home owners in the area.  The occupant of the residence that the Mustang was parked in front of informed the Officer that he observed the Mustang parked in front of the residence around 6:45am then noticed it had left the area and returned sometime between 9:30 and 9:45.  He told the Officer he did not see who was driving the Mustang.  The Officer had the vehicle towed to a secure location for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Crime Scene Investigation Unit to process for forensic evidence.  The case remains an ongoing investigation.

The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford Mustang in April 2011 at Metro Ford, Raynham, MA.