Disgruntled Employee Caught on Camera Stealing Mazda Miata from Dealership — Vehicle Recovered in Minutes

  • February 23, 2012
  • recovery stories

On the afternoon of February 8, 2012, a disgruntled employee of a Dallas car dealership took one of the dealership’s vehicles without permission. The dealership reported their 2000 Mazda Miata convertible stolen to the Dallas Police Department.

After verifying the theft and completing a stolen vehicle report, the Dallas Police entered the Mazda’s VIN into the Texas state and federal crime databases. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Mazda and initiated the tracking of the vehicle.

Five minutes later, Lewisville Police Officers picked up the silent LoJack homing signal on the LoJack Police Tracking Computer installed in their vehicle. Following the computer cues, the officers located the Miata, parked and abandoned on a residential street. Due to the quick recovery, no damage was done to this vehicle. 

The employee was caught on video stealing this vehicle.  This is an ongoing investigation, with an arrest warrant pending.

The dealership did not know that this vehicle contained a LoJack Vehicle Recovery System, which had been installed at the previous owner’s request on October 23, 2000.