The owner of a 2004 Dodge Caravan contacted the Chicago Police Department to report that his vehicle had been stolen from the in front of his residence on the 4900 block of South Laflin Avenue in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. The victim told police he had left his vehicle locked and he was in possession of the stolen Dodges keys. Chicago police arrived on scene verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Dodge.
Minutes later Chicago Police squads from the Deering district equipped with LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Dodge. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the Dodge was observed in traffic and a traffic stop was attempted on the stolen Caravan. The Dodge refused to stop and a brief chase ensued until the driver fled the stolen vehicle on foot and was captured a short distance away hiding in a yard. The suspect was arrested and a custodial search revealed a quantity of heroin in his possession. Officers inspection of the recovered Dodge Caravan showed a stripped column. The offender a named gang member in Chicago’s gang database, was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, and numerous traffic citations. Due to LoJack’s vehicle recovery system the victim had his stolen vehicle recovered less than an hour after it was reported stolen.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Dodge Caravan in October 2004 at Major World Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Long Island, New York