LoJack System Helps the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Recover Stolen Hyundai Elantra

  • April 9, 2019
  • Law Enforcement

The owner of a 2011 Hyundai Elantra contacted the North Charleston Police Department, to report their vehicle stolen.  The vehicle owner reported that the vehicle was taken from the parking lot of her place of employment some time during her shift.  The owner believes there was a spare key in the vehicle at the time of the theft.  The North Charleston 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 Hyundai.

After the vehicle was entered into the National Crime Computer Database, a Pilot from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, who was flying a mission over the Charleston area,  picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Hyundai 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 Pilot tracked the vehicle to a residence in the Ravenel Community of un-incorporated Charleston County.  The Pilot requested ground units and Deputies from the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, who were also equipped with PTCs, who responded to the area and began tracking the stolen Hyundai. 

The Deputies located the vehicle at a residence and spoke to the home owner.  The home owner cooperated with the Deputies and gave them the names of the two individuals who brought the vehicle to her residence sometime in the early morning hours.  The home owner also provided video from her home security system of the individuals bringing the stolen Hyundai to her residence.  Based on the investigation, the Deputy sought warrants on the two individuals that were identified by the home owner.  The Hyundai was recovered and returned to the owner. 

The LoJack® System was installed in the Hyundai in December 2010 at Herb Chambers Hyundai of Auburn, Auburn, MA