Portland, Oregon used car dealership employee discovered the business had been
burglarized sometime overnight. It was
ultimately determined that nine (9) vehicles, along with keys, paperwork and
license plates, had been stolen during the burglary. The employee immediately notified Portland
Police Bureau to report the crimes. After
verifying, the thefts Officers entered the nine stolen vehicles into the state and federal crime computers. One out of the nine stolen vehicles, a 2006
Jeep Cherokee, was equipped with LoJack®. This automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the vehicle.
Within minutes, an officer with the Portland Police Bureau received a LoJack hit on his Police Tracking Computer (PTC), installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Utilizing the audible and visual signals of the PTC, the officer was able to navigate to an area of southwest Portland. The officer observed the stolen Jeep Cherokee parked unoccupied alongside a curb. The officer was familiar with the previously reported large-scale dealership burglary and conducted a search of the immediate area. In addition to the LoJack®, equipped vehicle, a stolen Chevrolet Trailblazer also stolen from the dealership was recovered nearby. Evidence leading to the suspect/s identity has been obtained and this case remains under investigation.
The stolen Jeep Cherokee and Chevrolet Trailblazer were quickly recovered prior to being stripped, damaged or sold. The vehicles were returned to a very appreciative dealership owner.
The LoJack System was installed in the Jeep Cherokee in April 2007 at Hertz Car Sales, Portland, Oregon.