The owner of a 2012 Ford Fiesta contacted the Buena Park Police Department to report his vehicle had been stolen. The owner drove his Ford to a friend’s apartment complex and parked it on the street. The owner returned later and discovered his vehicle missing. The owner was not in possession of his vehicle’s keys and believed he either left them in the Ford or dropped them. Buena Park PD 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.
Only three minutes later officers from Buena Park PD 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. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers tracked the Ford to a laundromat in the city of Buena Park. The officers located the Ford parked with a rear passenger and a female driver. The officers detained both subjects. The passenger told officers he had met up with the driver to drink beer with her. The driver told him she had borrowed the Ford. Officers determined he was not involved with the theft of the Ford and released him. The officers searched the Ford and found a backpack in the trunk of the vehicle. The female identified the backpack as belonging to her. Inside the backpack officers located California state ID cards, benefits cards, and debit cards belonging to two other females. The officers took these items for safe keeping until they could contact the owners. The officers arrested the female driver for the theft of the Ford.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford Fiesta in April 2012 at Huntington Beach Ford, Huntington Beach CA.