The owner of a 2008 Ford F350 contacted the Lee County Sheriff’s Office to report that his vehicle had been stolen. Lee County Deputies verified the theft and had the vehicle information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine action automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Ford.
A short while later troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol picked up the silent LoJack signals from the stolen Ford with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTCs) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from their PTCs, the troopers tracked the vehicle to the 12000 block of Jefferson Lane, in Bonita Springs Florida, where the Ford was recovered.
After investigators started interviewing witnesses at the recovery location, it was determined that the owner had blown the engine in the truck, dumped it himself at the recovery location and reported it stolen. He was charged with filing a false police report and insurance fraud. The case is pending.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford F350 in October, 2007 at Pines Ford, in Pembroke Pines Florida.