The manager of a rental company called the Redmond Police Department to report their 2018 Ford Sprinter Van had been fraudulently rented and yet to be returned. The Redmond 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 Ford Sprinter.
Shortly after the vehicle was entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), an officer with the Redmond Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Ford Sprinter utilizing his LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Earlier the officer responded to a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a known drug house. Following the directional and audible signals from the PTC, the officer tracked and located the vehicle in front of the same residence he had been dispatched to for the suspicious vehicle. The officer knew immediately the suspicious vehicle was the stolen Ford Sprinter he was tracking and was able to verify the stolen status utilizing the vehicle identification number. A suspect was developed and this case remains under investigation.
The Ford Sprinter Van was recovered within a few short hours of the stolen vehicle report and returned to the business before the vehicle could be stripped, damaged or any additional financial loss was sustained.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford Sprinter Van in June 2018 by a commercial customer.