The owner of a 2004 Mercedes-Benz E500 contacted the Kannapolis Police Department, Kannapolis, NC, to report that his vehicle had been stolen by fraudulent means. The vehicle owner reported that he was selling his vehicle on Craig’s List and was contacted by an individual who wanted to purchase the vehicle. The victim informed the reporting Office that he met the buyer at the local DMV Office to complete the transaction. The vehicle owner reports that after completing the transaction, he went to the bank to cash the check and was informed by the bank that the check was invalid and the account did not exist. The vehicle owner made attempts to contact the buyer but could not reach him.
The Kannapolis 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 Mercedes.
After the vehicle was entered into the National Crime Computer Database, an Officer from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Hickory Grove Division picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Mercedes 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 vehicle and located it parked in an apartment complex. An Officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Crime Scene Investigation Unit responded to the scene to process the recovered vehicle for forensic evidence. The case remains an ongoing investigation with the Kannapolis Police Department Criminal Investigation Division.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Mercedes in March 2008 at Luxury Motors, O’Hare, Franklin Park, IL.