Cadillac Escalade Stolen in Selma, Recovered Two Hours and 160 Miles Away, Suspect Arrested

  • March 13, 2012
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On the afternoon of February 24, 2012, the owner of a 2005 Cadillac Escalade contacted the Selma Police Department to report the vehicle stolen. Selma Police gathered the information required to complete a stolen vehicle report and had this information entered into the California state and federal crime databases. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Cadillac.  Neither the owners 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.

About two hours later and 160 miles to the northwest, Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies began receiving the silent signal from the stolen vehicle on their onboard LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC). The deputies ran the reply code that appeared on their display screens and received the stolen vehicle information and a description of the Cadillac. Following the computer’s cues, the deputies then tracked the vehicle to the vicinity of Grant Line Road and I-580, in the city of Livermore. There, they stopped the occupied Cadillac and detained the adult male driver. He was later arrested for vehicle theft and possession of stolen property.

The Cadillac was recovered intact and undamaged; it was stored pending release to the owner. The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Cadillac Escalade in February of 2005.