LoJack System Helps Detroit Area Aviation and Auto Theft Task Force Recover Stolen GMC Terrain

  • April 19, 2019
  • Law Enforcement

The owners of a year 2010 GMC Terrain contacted the Sterling Heights Police Department to report that their vehicle had been stolen.  Sterling Heights Police verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the GMC.

A short while later deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit conducting air patrol picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen GMC 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 deputies tracked the vehicle to residential area in Detroit near the border of Oakland, Wayne, & Macomb counties.  The deputies were unable to visually see the GMC so they contacted two area auto theft task forces who then responded to the area.

Detectives from the Macomb Auto Theft Section (MATS) equipped with PTC’s, picked up the signal and tracked it to a residential garage.  A search warrant was obtained and executed.  Upon opening the garage, detectives found the stolen GMC with no damage.  It was impounded for processing.  Information was obtained from the occupants of the residence.  This matter is to be further investigated by MATS.

The LoJack® System was installed in the GMC Terrain in March 2010 at Ray Laethem GMC, Detroit, MI.