LoJack System Helps Laurel Police Department Recover Stolen Hyundai Sonata

  • May 9, 2019
  • Law Enforcement

The owner of a 2014 Hyundai Sonata contacted the Laurel Police Department to report their vehicle stolen from their home in Laurel, Maryland. Laurel Police Radio dispatched an officer to investigate the incident. The officer quickly arrived on location, interviewed the complainant and surveyed the area for the subject vehicle. When the officer was unable to locate the vehicle, a stolen vehicle report was prepared. The officer then arranged for the stolen vehicle information to be entered into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the 2014 Hyundai Sonata.

A short while later, detectives from the Washington Area Vehicle Enforcement Unit picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen 2014 Hyundai Sonata 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 detectives tracked the vehicle to 3500 East West Highway, a shopping mall in the Hyattsville area of Prince George’s County, Maryland. At this location, detectives observed the vehicle parked and unoccupied. Detectives began surveillance on the stolen Hyundai from a distance. Parked next to the stolen Hyundai was another stolen vehicle from Laurel, a 2013 Subaru Outback that was not LoJack equipped. After a short while, three subjects exited the mall, entered the two stolen vehicles, and attempted to depart the location. Detectives performed felony stops on both vehicles, arrested all three subjects, and recovered both vehicles.

Approximate value of vehicle: $10,025.00

Collateral Value of vehicle $9,650.00

The LoJack® System was installed in the 2014 Hyundai Sonata in October 2015 at Enterprise 16U in New Carrolton, Maryland