LoJack Helps Police Take Down Mexican Theft Ring; Jeep Stolen in San Diego Recovered

  • January 15, 2012

The owner of a 2010 Jeep Wrangler reported his vehicle stolen to the San Diego Police Department. The vehicle’s information was entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.

A short time later, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office and San Diego PD began receiving the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Jeep with their onboard LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTCs). Following the tracking cues, the officers determined the vehicle was across the border in Tijuana, Mexico. 

The stolen Jeep was tracked by police officers to a residential area in Tijuana.  Police officers recovered the Jeep Wrangler, which was inside a property along with two other stolen vehicles, a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban and a 1999 Ford F-250, both of which had been stolen in Mexico.  Six arrests were made by the police. 

This case will be turned over to the Federal Attorney’s Office in Tijuana, for prosecution for possession of the California stolen vehicle. Investigators from Mexico and the United States will continue the investigation of this theft ring. The Jeep Wrangler was recovered intact and undamaged.  It was stored pending return to the owner.

 Note: Portions of this story were obtained from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office and San Diego Police Department