In August 2018, the owner of a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee contacted the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office to report that his vehicle had been stolen from the drive way of his residence sometime during the night. The owner stated that the key was left in the Jeep and the drivers’ window was also down. The owner was particularly concerned because there was a large amount of specialty tools that he needed for work.
The Spartanburg 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 Jeep.
After the vehicle was entered into the crime computer, a Deputy from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office was directed to its’ location by the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Jeep with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the Deputy located the Jeep parked behind a mechanic shop just ½ mile from the owner’s residence. The Jeep appeared to have been parked to blend in with other vehicles that were to be repaired at the shop. The owner responded to the recovery location and based on his preliminary observations, determined that all the specialty tools were still in the Jeep. The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit also responded to the scene to process the recovered Jeep for forensic evidence. The owner of the Jeep was pleased that the Jeep was recovered in such a timely manner that he could also recover the tools that he needs to do his job with.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Jeep Grand Cherokee in June 2001 at Larchmont Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Larchmont, NY.