The owner of a 2010 Mazda MX3 contacted the Rialto Police Department to report her vehicle had been stolen. The victim stated the Mazda was parked and locked on the street in front of her residence before it was stolen. Rialto PD verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Mazda.
A short while an officer from Fontana PD picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Mazda 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 officer tracked the Mazda to a residential area of Fontana. The officer found the Mazda parked along the roadway with two occupants, a male driver and female passenger. The officer was able to detain both subjects. The officer spoke with the driver and learned he was an underage runaway from a group home. The driver admitted to stealing the Mazda with the help of another male friend. The subject would not divulge the friend’s name. The suspect said his friend and he were walking around the city of Rialto when they came across the parked Mazda with the dome light on. They watched the Mazda for a period of time to see if anyone would return to the vehicle. When no one did, they approached the Mazda. The suspect said the Mazda was unlocked and they found the car’s keys in the cup holder. The suspect and his friend drove off with the Mazda.
The officer determined the female passenger was unaware the Mazda was stolen and released her. The male juvenile driver was arrested. The Mazda was recovered and released to the owner at the scene.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Mazda MX3in February of 2010 at Romero Buick Hyundai Mazda, Ontario CA.