A Lake Tapps WA area resident started his 2017 Jaguar F-Pace utilizing a remote start key fob. He was loading the vehicle when he went inside the residence to retrieve another item. Unbeknownst to him a thief had been lurking nearby. In the split second he left his vehicle the thief jumped into the running Jaguar and fled. The crime was immediately reported to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. The responding deputy verified the theft and entered the stolen vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Jaguar. The owner attempted to locate the vehicle utilizing GPS but was unsuccessful.
Pierce County Sheriff’s Department dispatch notified on-duty deputies of the LoJack equipped stolen Jaguar. A deputy responded to start canvassing around Lake Tapps WA and received a LoJack hit on his Police Tracking Computer (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Utilizing the audible and visual signals of the PTC, the deputy was able to navigate to a cul-de-sac and located the Jaguar abandoned on the side of the road parked and unoccupied. An officer with the Bonney Lake Police Department and detectives from the Puget Sound Auto Theft Task Force also assisted with the track. The Jaguar was recovered undamaged. The Jaguar was processed for evidence by the task force detectives and later returned to a very thankful owner.
The LoJack® System was installed in February of 2017 by Jaguar- Land Rover of Tacoma.