Kia Sorrento Stolen from NYC, Found Minutes After Theft Report in West Hartford by CT Police

  • March 28, 2012
  • recovery stories

When the owner of a 2003 Kia Sorento discovered his vehicle missing, he immediately contacted the NYPD’s 106th Precinct to report the theft. NYPD gathered all of the pertinent information, completed a vehicle theft report, and had the Kia’s information entered into the state and federal crime databases. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed within the Kia. Neither the owner nor law enforcement agents had to do anything else to activate the LoJack tracking system; as the only theft recovery system directly operated by the police, the interface between LoJack and law enforcement in both seamless and instantaneous.

Minutes later and more than 100 miles away, officers with the Hartford Police Department began to receive the silent homing signals from the stolen Kia on the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) installed in their patrol cars. Shortly afterward, troopers with the Connecticut State Police and officers with the West Hartford Police Department also picked up the Kia’s homing signal. Following the directional and signal strength cues from the computer, the officers tracked and located the Kia, being driven in the West Hartford area. Officers conducted a felony traffic stop to discover that the owner’s ex-spouse was operating the stolen car. The Kia was recovered without any damage.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Kia Sorento on July 25, 2003.