The owner of a 2008 Ford F250 contacted the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office to report their vehicle stolen. The owner advised the Ford was possibly stolen by a known offender. The Bernalillo CSO verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Ford F250.
Shortly after the activation, flight officers with the Albuquerque Police Department Air-1 picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Ford with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in their patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the flight officers tracked the LoJack signal to the area of Broadway and Woodward.
The information from Air-1 was passed along to officers on the ground. Officers with the New Mexico State Police, also equipped with the LoJack PTC, entered the area and picked up the LoJack signal. Officers tracked the signal to a residence and observed the stolen Ford parked along the side of the house. Additional State Police officers arrived on scene and contact was made at the residence. The named suspect was not at the residence but possible leads to his whereabouts will be investigated. The Ford was recovered and towed from the scene for safe keeping. The owner was notified of the recovery.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford F250 in January 2018 at Brad Francis Ford in Los Lunas, New Mexico.