LoJack System Helps Calumet City Police Department Recover Stolen and Re-Tagged 2007 GMC Savannah Conversion Van Used in Drive by Shooting in Chicago

  • June 14, 2019
  • Law Enforcement

The owner of a GMC Savannah Conversion Van contacted the Chicago Police Department to report their vehicle stolen from in front of their residence on the 2000 block of W 75th Place in Chicago’s Gresham neighborhood. Chicago 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 Conversion Van.

A short while later a Calumet City squad car equipped with a LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft picked up the silent LoJack signal from the GMC. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the stolen van was located in the yard of a vehicle glass and repair shop on the 1900 block of Dolton Avenue in Calumet City. The owner of the shop later stated his yard was open at night and he was unaware the car was in his lot. Police examination of the GMC showed numerous bullet holes in the van and blood on the seats. Investigation also revealed the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) had been switched on the van.

Chicago Police were notified and stated the GMC had been used in a drive by and received return fire. Chicago towed the vehicle for forensic evidence. Because of the LoJack installed in the GMC valuable evidence in the commission of at least one forcible felony was recovered and is being processed

The LoJack® System was installed in the GMC Savannah Conversion Van in September 2006 at Saacly Automotive Orlando, FL.