LoJack System Helps Selma N.C., Police Department Recover Stolen Hyundai Taken in Newport News, VA, Armed Offender in Custody

  • February 11, 2019
  • Law Enforcement

The owner of a 2013 Hyundai Elantra contacted the Newport News Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from the area of 9900 Jefferson Avenue in Newport News, Virginia. Newport News Police Radio dispatched an officer to investigate the incident. The officer quickly arrived on location, interviewed the complainant and surveyed the area for the subject vehicle. Investigation by officer on scene found that the vehicle was stolen after it was left unattended with the engine running and the keys in the ignition. When the officer was unable to locate the vehicle, a stolen vehicle report was prepared. The officer then arranged for the stolen vehicle information to be entered into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the 2013 Hyundai Elantra.

A short while later, officers from the Selma Police Department in North Carolina picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen 2013 Hyundai Elantra with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers tracked the vehicle to a McDonalds at 335 US Highway 70E in Selma, North Carolina. At this location, detectives observed the vehicle being operated by the theft suspect. A felony vehicle stop was performed and the suspect was arrested. Search incident to arrest recovered a handgun in possession of the suspect. The undamaged vehicle was recovered by police, and the owner notified.

Approximate value of vehicle: $7,825.00

The LoJack® System was installed in the 2013 Hyundai Elantra in January, 2014 at Hall Hyundai of Chesapeake in Chesapeake, Virginia.