The owner of a 2010
Volkswagen Tiguan contacted the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, to report
that their vehicle had been stolen from the driveway of the residence sometime
during the night. The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office verified the theft and
entered the vehicle information into the
state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Volkswagen.
After the vehicle was entered into the National Crime Computer Database, an agent with the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Volkswagen with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that is installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the Agent tracked the vehicle and located it unattended and parked in the parking lot of an apartment complex in North Charleston nine and a half miles away from the vehicle owner’s residence. Officers from the North Charleston Police Department responded to the scene and made the recovery. A Deputy from the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit responded to the scene to process the recovered vehicle for forensic evidence. This case remains an active and ongoing investigation.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Volkswagen Tiguan in June 2010 at Volkswagen of Springfield, Springfield, Va.