Ford F-350 Rented by Fraudulent Means — Recovered by Ohio State Highway Patrol Aviation

  • February 20, 2012
  • recovery stories

On the afternoon of January 27, 2012, a manager of the Home Depot in Grove City, OH discovered that one of the store’s rental vehicles had been stolen by fraudulent means two days after the rental transaction occurred. The manager quickly filed a theft report wiht the Grove City Police Department.

After verifying the theft, the Grove City Police had the VIN entered into the state and federal crime compputers. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the stolen Ford.  Neither the owner nor law enforcement had to do anything else to activate the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery Network, because LoJack’s interface with law enforcement is both seamless and instantaneous.     

Some time later, a pilot with the Ohio State Highway Aviation Unit received the silent LoJack signal on the LoJack Police Tracking Computer installed in his aircraft. Following the computer’s directions, the pilot tracked and located the stolen Ford parked in a business area of Grove City. A LoJack-equipped Grove City police cruiser responded to the area and discovered that the vehicle had been abandoned not far from where it was originally stolen.  The Ford was returned to the Home Depot, and the Grove City Police Department is continuing their investigation to determine whether the truck matches the description of any vehicle used in recent burglaries.

The Home Depot is happy that they have their fleet equipped with LoJack.  The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in this particular Ford truck at the Atlanta, Georgia Home Depot in February 2008.