In October of 2018, the owner of a 2017 Ford F-250 was contacted by the Matthews Police Department, Mathews, NC and informed that their vehicle was involved in several crimes within the Matthews, NC jurisdiction. The owner attempted to contact the individual that rented the vehicle but was unable to reach them. The vehicle was an overdue rental and based on the fact that it had been used during the commission of a crime, a report was filed with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. The reporting Officer attempted to contact the individual that was in possession of the overdue rental vehicle; however, the Officer was unsuccessful.
After all attempts were made to resolve the issue, the Officer 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.
A short while later, an Officer from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Ford with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. The Officer requested air support from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Aviation Unit which is also equipped with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC). Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the Officers located the Ford F-250 and with assistance from other ground units, initiated a traffic stop. During the traffic stop, the individual that rented the vehicle was located along with a passenger. The individual that rented the vehicle told the Officers he knew the vehicle was overdue, but figured he would just pay for it later. The passenger was arrested for unrelated outstanding warrants from Mecklenburg County. The truck was recovered and towed to be returned to the owner. The case remains an ongoing investigation to determine who was using the truck when it was being used during the commission of other crimes in the Matthews, NC jurisdiction.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford F-250 in March 2017 at Commercial Sales.