The owner of a 1966 Ford Mustang contacted the Santa Monica Police Department to report his vehicle was stolen. The Mustang was parked on the street in front of his residence. When the victim awoke to go to work he discovered his Mustang was stolen.
The Santa Monica PD verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Ford.
A short while later the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Air 22 picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Ford 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 LASD Air 22 tracked the Mustang to the area of 10200 Van Ness, Los Angeles. Air 22 requested the assistance of the LASD South Los Angeles patrol deputies, which were equipped with LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC). Air 22 directed the patrol deputies to an alley. As the patrol deputies drove down the alley they were directed by their PTC to a backyard of a residence. The deputies were able to get a visual into the yard and saw a vehicle with a gray car cover. This was the only vehicle in the yard. The deputies contacted the female resident and inquired about the vehicle. The resident told the deputies it belonged to her boyfriend. The deputies obtained permission from the resident to enter her rear yard and they identified the vehicle as the stolen 1966 Ford Mustang. The Ford was recovered. The deputies are continuing their investigation into the boyfriend’s involvement.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford Mustang in November 2014 via California Direct Sales.