Dodge Caravan Stolen and Recovered in New York with Only Minor Damage

  • March 13, 2012
  • recovery stories

The owner of a 2003 Dodge Caravan parked and locked his vehicle on the street where he lives in the Elmhurst section of Queens, confines of the 110th Precinct. When he returned for the vehicle on the morning of February 28, 2012, he found it missing, and immediately called the New York Police Department.

When the police arrived, they took a written report and had this information entered into the state and federal crime computer databases. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed within the Dodge Caravan. Neither the owner nor law enforcement agents had to take any further action to initiate the LoJack Vehicle Recovery Network, as the relationship between LoJack and the police is seamless.

A short while later, the Police of the Queens North Auto Larceny Unit picked up the LoJack signal from the Dodge Caravan on the LoJack Police Tracking Computers installed in ther patrol vehicles. Following the computer’s cues, the officers tracked the Caravan through the Maspeth section of Queens. Eventually, they located the Caravan, parked on the street in the commercial section of Maspeth, confines of the 104th precinct. Officers conducted a brief surveillance of the vehicle, but when no one returned for it, they took the vehicle into custody.

The Caravan was recovered with minor damage; the column and ignition were broken, and the middle seat was missing. Otherwise, the vehicle was in good condition. The owner was contacted and was elated to learn that his vehicle was recovered so quickly, especially with such minor damage.