owners of a 2008 Dodge Caravan contacted the Cleveland Police Department to
report that their vehicle had been stolen with keys by a known suspect. Cleveland
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 Dodge.
A short while later officers from North Ridgeville Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Dodge 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 officers determined that the vehicle was travelling east bound on I-480. The stolen Dodge continued east bound leaving Lorain County and entering Cuyahoga County. Officers made a radio broadcast advising agencies to the east of the stolen Dodge as it left their jurisdiction. The stolen vehicle continued east and was picked up by East Cleveland Police and later by Cleveland Police. It was tracked and found unoccupied in a residential area of Cleveland.
The vehicle was turned over to the owner. Because of the quick recovery the suspects did not have enough time to strip it or use it to commit additional crimes. This matter is to be further investigated by the Cleveland Police Department.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Dodge Caravan in January 2008 at Ganley East Inc., Cleveland, OH.