LoJack® System Helps New Mexico Auto Theft Task Force Recover a Stolen Dodge Avenger

  • April 18, 2019
  • Law Enforcement

The owner of a 2012 Dodge Avenger contacted the Albuquerque Police Department to report the theft of their vehicle.  The owner advised one of their vehicles was burglarized and the Avenger was now missing.  The owner stated the offender(s) must have located the Avenger’s keys during the burglary and stole the car.  The Albuquerque PD 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 Avenger.

Shortly after the activation, deputies with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Avenger 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 deputy tracked the LoJack signal to the area of 4th Street and Osuna.  This information was shared with the New Mexico Auto Theft Task Force (New Mexico State Police and Albuquerque PD Auto Theft Units).

The ATTF picked up the LoJack signal and tracked the Avenger to the area of Edith and Osuna.  The Avenger was located in a yard amongst other vehicles and made contact with the property owner.  The Avenger was recovered and the investigation is on-going as to how the vehicle found its way to this property. The LoJack® System was installed in the Dodge Avenger in April 2014 at Galles Chevrolet in Albuquerque, New Mexico.