LoJack Helps Detroit Police Recover Stolen Monte Carlo, 4 Other Stolen Vehicles, in Possible Theft Ring

  • July 16, 2013

On August 6, 2012, the owner of a 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo contacted the Detroit Police Department to report that the vehicle was stolen from their residential driveway overnight.

Detroit Police verified the theft and entered the Chevrolet’s information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.

A short while later, members of the ACTION Auto Theft Task Force picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Chevy on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their cruisers. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the cruisers located the stolen Chevy along with four other vehicles in the backyard of an abandoned Detroit residence.  The Task Force had just received information about an auto theft ring operating in that area. After checking the VINs for the other four vehicles, the officers determined that they had also been stolen from Detroit on August 6.

The other four stolen vehicles were a 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass, a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu, a 2002 Pontiac Grand AM and a 2003 Pontiac Grand AM.  All of the vehicles were impounded for processing.  The owner of the Monte Carlo was not the original purchaser and was unaware that the vehicle was equipped with LoJack.