LoJack’s Best Sports Car Recovery Stories of All Time

  • December 13, 2011
  • recovery stories

LoJack® continues to be No. 1 in theft recovery, with a recovery rate greater than 90% on cars and trucks. Since 1986, LoJack has recovered more than 300,000 stolen vehicles and construction equipment—worth nearly $4 billion.

LoJack has had some incredible recovery stories over the course of its 25+ years. Below are the sports car vehicle recoveries that stand out most

LoJack System Helps Police Bust Massive Global Theft Ring

A California-based Lexus dealer who installed LoJack units on his cars notified police that a vehicle was fraudulently purchased from his dealership. Authorities activated the transponder in the vehicle and within three hours located the car inside a cargo container at the Port of Los Angeles. The detectives also recovered a second container with two more vehicles and determined that two additional containers had already left the country. After a lengthy investigation, authorities found eight vehicles, made five arrests and have several warrants pending. Thanks to LoJack, they managed to dismantle a theft ring that had been responsible for the theft of 67 high-end vehicles worth approximately $4.5 million, as well as an additional 300 vehicles stolen from across the country over a three-year period.

Dramatic Recovery of Car and Infant

In this Illinois recovery, the owner of a Ford Mustang awoke from a nap to discover that someone had broken into her home, kidnapped her 14-month-old baby and stolen her LoJack-equipped vehicle. Shortly after the theft was reported, a Chicago Police Department patrol car and helicopter both picked up the silent Radio Frequency signal and found the stolen vehicle at a red light. Within seconds   of a call for backup, more than 12 squad cars arrived at the scene. The baby was found unharmed, the vehicle was returned undamaged, and the suspect was placed under arrest.

Long-Term Effectiveness of LoJack

LoJack just keeps on ticking. In this recovery, a 20-year-old LoJack system helped the San Francisco Police Department recover a stolen Mazda 626. The owner, who had purchased the vehicle used, had the pleasant surprise of discovering that his vehicle had a LoJack after reporting the vehicle stolen.

LoJack Helps Police Crack International Auto Theft Ring

While driving in Long Beach, Alhambra (CA), police picked up a LoJack signal from a stolen 1999

Mercedes ML320 and tracked it to the Hanging terminal.  With the help of Los Angeles Port Police along with other authorities, the Mercedes and a 1999 Cadillac were recovered from a shipping container.

Police were able to find four cars that were en route to China; they were recovered along with at least 10 other vehicles and information about the location of another 41 stolen high-end vehicles with a value of $1,710,000.

Police Bust Chop Shop Involving Construction Equipment Ready to Set Sail

When a 2006 yellow John Deere front-end loader/backhoe was stolen from a construction site near the Florida Turnpike, the workers reported the crime. The next day, a Broward County officer picked up on the LoJack signal. He followed it to a freighter docked on the Intracoastal Waterway that was being loaded, bound for Costa Rica, Venezuela and other South American countries. The deputy determined that the signal was emanating from the bow of the ship and recovered the equipment, which was valued at $100,000.

Thieves Attempt to Ship Stolen Motorcycle to Brazil

When the owner of a 2008 LoJack-equipped Honda CBR600 motorcycle reported it stolen to Richmond, CA, police, it was tracked to the second floor of an apartment building. Once a search warrant was obtained, officers found the motorcycle, with some of its parts already boxed, ready to be sent to Brazil. The motorcycle’s battery had been removed, but the LoJack unit was still sending out its signal on backup power.

More Stories Coming Soon…

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