The owner of a 2006 BMW 325I contacted the Modesto Police Department to report their vehicle stolen. The owner advised they were making flower deliveries and due to the high temperatures, left the vehicle running with the air conditioner on. After making a delivery, they returned to where they had parked the BMW and found their vehicle stolen. The Modesto 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 2006 BMW 325I.
A short while later, investigators from the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force (Stan CATT) were working in the city of Modesto, when they alerted to the stolen BMW by means of the silent LoJack signal from the stolen vehicle. The officers tracked the BMW with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the stolen BMW was tracked to an alley behind a bar on Phoenix Avenue, where the vehicle was found unoccupied.
Investigators conducted surveillance on the vehicle and a male suspect returned to the vehicle and drove away. Investigators followed the vehicle to Yosemite Avenue and Severin Avenue where the suspect parked and exited the vehicle. The suspect taken into custody by the Stan CATT investigators as he walked away from the vehicle.
Investigators from Stan Catt recovered the stolen BMW then returned it to the very happy owner who responded to the scene to retrieve their vehicle. The current owner was unaware their vehicle had been equipped by the original owner with the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 2006 BMW 325I in October 2006, at New Century BMW, in Alhambra, CA.