owner of a 2006 Lincoln Zephyr reported their vehicle stolen to the Cumberland
County Sheriff’s Office, Fayetteville, NC.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and
federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Lincoln.
After the vehicle was entered into the National Crime Computer Database, an Inspector from the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles License and Theft Bureau (NCDMV) and an Officer with the Fayette Police Department simultaneously picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Lincoln with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the NCDMV Inspector and the Fayetteville PD Officer tracked the vehicle and located it parked at a residence.
The Officers made contact with the occupants of the residence, who claimed ownership of the vehicle. Further investigation showed that the original owner of the vehicle passed away in March 2019 and the owner’s son took possession of the vehicle, without having it registered or titled in his name. The deceased owner had re-married and his wife, who was not the son’s mother, was claiming ownership and reported the Lincoln stolen. The decision was made to leave the vehicle on scene and that the case was a civil matter that needed to be taken to probate court since the deceased owner did not have a will.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Lincoln in July 2007 at Auto Park East (Leith Chrysler Dodge Jeep), in Wendell, NC