The owner of a 2002 Jeep Wrangler contacted the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office to report their vehicle stolen. The Bernalillo County SO verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Jeep Wrangler.
About five minutes after the activation, officers with the Albuquerque Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Jeep Wrangler with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) installed in their patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers tracked the LoJack signal to the area of Isleta Blvd SW and Torres SW.
The Jeep was located in a dirt parking lot and it appeared to be unoccupied. Officers with Albuquerque PD and deputies with Bernalillo CSO entered the area and made contact with multiple subjects. Through the course of the investigation law enforcement discovered, the driver had apparently left the area before they arrived. However, this investigation identified a subject who had an outstanding warrant. The Jeep was subsequently recovered and will be returned to the owner.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Jeep Wrangler in July 2002 at Normandin Jeep in San Jose, California.