The owner of a 2013 International
8000 Series Semi-Truck contacted the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and reported
his vehicle stolen. The owner reported
that the vehicle was taken from the parking lot of the trucking company he
contracts with. The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office verified the theft and entered the vehicle information
into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the International.
After the International Truck was entered into the national crime computer database, a unit in Spartanburg County that is equipped with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen International. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the vehicle was tracked to a fenced in parking lot of a truck repair shop just over seventeen miles from where it was stolen. Although the truck was not visible, the vehicle was known to be on the property due to the signal being detected.
Further investigation by the Spartanburg County Deputies determined that the truck was removed from the parking lot by the trucking company in Greenville County The trucking company was terminating the contract with the truck owner and had the truck moved to a repair shop in Spartanburg County to have company equipment and the company logo removed from the truck. The trucking company agreed to return the International to the owner once all company property and the company logo was removed. The truck’s owner agreed to the terms and the truck was returned. Even though the case was eventually determined as a civil dispute, the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery Network worked as it was designed to.
The timely tracking and recovery of the truck assisted in resolving the case in a calm and efficient manner and prevented any escalation. The case cleared within an hour allowing law enforcement to concentrate their efforts on other pressing issues.
LoJack® System was installed in the International in February 2015 at Commercial Sales