The owners of a 1998 Dodge Ram1500 contacted the Fontana Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen. Officers verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Dodge Ram 1500.
A short while later an officer from Pomona Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Dodge Ram 1500 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 to the area Orange Grove and Wisconsin Ave, where he observed the vehicle driving towards his position. As the Dodge passed, the officer turned around and saw the license matching the description of the stolen Dodge. He followed the vehicle until back up arrived at which time a felony traffic stop was initiated. The male driver was taken into custody without further incident.
During the investigation the suspect told the officers he got the car from his Grandfather and used a spare key. Officers were able to contact the owner and were told the suspect was unknown to him. The suspect was arrested and later booked for the theft of the vehicle and possession of shaved keys (commonly used in thefts of older cars or trucks.)
The LoJack® System was installed in September of 1998 at Direct Sales.