Chrysler Sebring Stolen for 4th Time in 4 Months Used in "Smash & Grab" Larcenies — Suspects Fled on Foot

  • March 28, 2012
  • recovery stories

On the evening of February 28, 2012, the owner of this 2007 Chrysler Sebring discovered that the vehicle had been stolen – for the fourth time since October 2011. Each time, the vehicle was quickly tracked and recovered, thanks to the LoJack Vehicle Recovery System installed in the Chrysler.
This time, as soon as the owner discovered the theft, he immediately contacted the Enfield Police Department to report the vehicle stolen. After completing the stolen vehicle report, the police had the Chrysler’s information entered into the state and federal crime databases. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle. The owner did not have to take any further action to begin the tracking of the vehicle; as the only theft recovery system that is directly operated by law enforcement, LoJack’s interface with the police is both seamless and instantaneous.
Minutes later, officers with the Hartford Police Department received the silent homing signals from the stolen Chrysler on the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) installed in their patrol cars.  When the officers and dispatchers queried the LoJack code appearing on the PTC display screens with the police computer system, they received confirmation that the signals were coming from the stolen Chrysler, and were given a full description of the vehicle. They were also informed that detectives from the Windsor Police Department were investigating “Smash and Grab”-type larcenies involving this vehicle and/or its occupants.  The vehicle was travelling throughout the Hartford and West Hartford area using Interstate 84.  LoJack-equipped patrols with the Connecticut State Police and the West Hartford Police Department were also tracking the vehicle as it travelled through the towns, attempting to elude police. As patrols and unmarked cars converged upon the stolen Sebring, the occupants abandoned the car and fled on foot.  K-9 officers conducted a search and police have identified possible suspects. Several departments are continuing the investigation into both the vehicle theft and the burglaries.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Chrysler Sebring at the owner’s request in New York in 2006.