owners of a Dodge Dakota pickup contacted the Westminster Police Department to
report that their vehicle had been stolen from their home. A police officer verified the theft and had the vehicle information entered into the state and
federal crime computers. This routine
action automatically activated the LoJack® System
concealed in the Dodge.
Less than 17-minutes later Broomfield officers were picking up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen truck with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTCs) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft.
Following the directional and audible cues from their PTCs, the Broomfield officers, as well as several officers from other law enforcement agencies, tracked and located the stolen truck. The two suspects in the stolen Dakota engaged in several reckless eluding efforts in desperate efforts to escape. The suspects were also seen to be discarding items from the truck as they continued their flight.
In addition to the LoJack signals revealing the stolen trucks location one officer deployed a StarChase unit and that too aided law enforcements ability to monitor the location of the stolen truck without having to pursue it.
The suspects were soon identified as having parked at the rear of an apartment house in Longmont. Detectives in an unmarked vehicle spotted the suspects and orchestrated a tactical deployment of officers. The female driver was arrested but the male suspect escaped on foot but has been named. The arrestee was charged with Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft, Felony Eluding, Identity Theft, and possession of stolen property which had come from car-prowls in several cities; Erie, Northglenn, and Westminster, with the likelihood of other stolen property and victims yet to be confirmed.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Dodge Dakota in 2010 at Cherry Creek Dodge in Aurora Colorado. The truck is currently owned by family members of the original owner and purchaser of the LoJack.