The fleet manager of a Cleveland area construction company contacted the Parma Police Department to report that a 2005 Ford F350 had been stolen. Unknown suspects broke into a fenced in storage lot over the New Year’s holiday weekend. Also missing was small generators, various construction tools, and construction material. Parma Police 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 troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol 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 troopers tracked the vehicle to residential area on the west side of Cleveland.
The suspects had forcibly removed both a door lock and vehicle ignition in order to gain access and render the Ford operable. In addition, there appeared to be new damage to the hydraulic lift gate. The stolen Ford was impounded for processing. Detectives are also obtaining surveillance video from businesses adjacent to the storage lot. This matter is to be further investigated by the Parma Police Department Detective Bureau.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford F350 in April 2012 in Cleveland, OH through Commercial / Direct Sales.