On October 6, 2011, at about 11:30am, a suspect walked up to the driver of an Acura in downtown San Francisco and carjacked him at gunpoint. Police were contacted and a Carjacking report was immediately taken. San Francisco Dispatch then alerted officers that the car was taken at gunpoint. This police report automatically activated the hidden LOJACK transponder in the victim’s stolen car as the stolen information is entered into the California Department of Justice Stolen Vehicle System (SVS) computer.
Minutes after the carjacking several SFPD units began receiving the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Acura with their on-board LoJack Police Tracking Computers. In the next 30 minutes suspects in the stolen Acura committed several street robberies of pedestrians. By 12:15pm officers, using their LoJack PTC’s to track the stolen Acura, converged on the suspects in downtown San Francisco. The stolen Acura was stopped and 2 suspects were taken into custody. The undamaged Acura was recovered as well as property of the several street robbery victims.