The owner of a 2003 Ford Expedition contacted the Stockton Police Department to report that their vehicle had been stolen. The Stockton 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 Ford Expedition.
A short while later, officers with the California Highway Patrol Air Operations Unit in a fixed wing aircraft were flying over the city of Oakland when they were alerted to the stolen Ford Expedition by the silent LoJack signal received 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 Ford Expedition was tracked to a residential area on Ash Street near 79th Avenue, where it was observed parked at the curb. The Alameda County Regional Auto Theft Task Force was notified and responded to conduct surveillance in the hopes the suspect(s) would return. No suspects were located and the decision was made to recover the vehicle.
The stolen Ford Expedition was recovered by the task force and the vehicle was towed and stored for safe keeping to be returned to the owner. This was the second theft and recovery of this vehicle via the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System in the past six months.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 2003 Ford Expedition in February of 2003, at Ford West in Bellflower, CA.