LoJack System Helps California Highway Patrol Air Operations and Solano County Sheriff’s Department Recover 2012 Subaru Outback and Arrest Suspects

  • June 19, 2019
  • Law Enforcement

The owner of a 2012 Subaru Outback contacted the Vallejo Police Department to report their vehicle stolen. The Vallejo Police Department verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Subaru Outback.

A short while later, officers with the California Highway Patrol Air Operations Unit in a fixed wing aircraft were flying over the I-80 in the city of Vallejo when they were alerted to the stolen Subaru Outback by the silent LoJack signal received 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 stolen Subaru was tracked and observed being driven on I-80. Both Vallejo PD and CHP ground units attempted to stop the stolen vehicle, but the suspects fled, and for safety concerns, the pursuit discontinued. Unbeknownst to the suspects, the CHP aircraft continued to follow the vehicle until it turned onto a dead-end street on Bayshore Road near East Channel Road in Benicia, where Solano County Sheriff’s Department units were able take the two occupants into custody.

The Solano County Sheriff’s Department recovered the stolen Subaru Outback and the vehicle towed and stored to be returned to the owner. The LoJack® System was installed in the 2012 Subaru Outback in December of 2012, at Hanlees Hilltop Toyota, in Richmond, CA.