owners of a 2016 Ford F 250 contacted the Los Angeles Police Department to
report their vehicle stolen. A named suspect apparently refused to return the
rented vehicle after numerous attempts. Officers
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 F150.
A short while later LAPD Air 18 flight officers picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Ford F150 with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft.
Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, Air 18 tracked the vehicle to the area of Laurel Canyon and Sunset where the vehicle was located parked in a parking lot containing one male. Air-18 broadcasted that they were observing the stolen Ford F150, reported by Hollenbeck Division to ground units from the Hollywood Division. Officers from LAPD Hollywood Division responded quickly and detained the male subject without further incident. The officers conducted a field investigation and identified the male as the listed suspect who had rented the vehicle. The suspect was arrested and later booked for the theft.
Recovering officers towed the recovered Ford to Police Impound for safekeeping and later released it to the owners.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford F150 May 2016 as a Commercial Installation, in Los Angeles CA.