Seal Beach Police Recover Stolen PT Cruiser, Arrest One Suspect

  • March 13, 2012
  • recovery stories

On the morning of February 16, 2012, the owner of a 2003 PT Cruiser reported the vehicle stolen to the Signal Hill Police Department. Officers gathered the information necessary to complete the stolen vehicle report, and then had this information entered into the state and federal crime computer databases. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle. 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.

Eight minutes later, Seal Beach Police Department officers picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen PT Cruiser on the LoJack Police Tracking Computer installed in their patrol vehicle. Following the computer’s signals, they tracked the PT Cruiser to the area of Seal Beach Boulevard and St. Cloud Street, where they observed one male suspect driving the stolen vehicle. The officers conducted a high risk traffic stop, taking the suspect into custody. The suspect admitted knowing that the vehicle was stolen.

Seal Beach Detectives are conducting the follow-up investigation.