A used car dealership located in the 1000 block of High Street, contacted the Oakland Police Department to report that five vehicles had been stolen off of their lot by unknown suspects. The suspects had somehow obtained the keys for the vehicles and returned when the dealership was closed, taking the five cars. One of the vehicles, a 2007 Infiniti M35 was equipped with the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System. The Oakland 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 2007 Infiniti M35.
A short while after the LoJack activation, investigators with the Alameda County Regional Auto Theft Task Force were working in the city of Oakland, when they were alerted to the stolen Infiniti by means of the silent LoJack signal from the stolen vehicle. The stolen Infiniti was then tracked 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 stolen vehicle was tracked to a residential area and was found parked unoccupied in the driveway of an abandoned house. Surveillance was established on the vehicle, but the suspect(s) did not return to the vehicle.
The stolen Infiniti was recovered by the Alameda County Regional Auto Task Force and was towed/stored to be returned back to the dealership. The remaining four stolen vehicles are still outstanding at this time.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 2007 Infiniti M35 in June of 2009, for a previous customer, at Infiniti of Oakland, in Oakland, Ca.