Houston Police Recover Stolen GMC Sierra Pickup at Abandoned Residence

  • April 4, 2012
  • recovery stories

On March 8, 2012, the owners of a 2008 GMC Sierra pickup discovered that their vehicle had been stolen, and immediately filed a theft report with the Houston Police Department. After all the pertinent information was gathered, Houston officers entered the vehicle’s information into the state and national law enforcement stolen vehicle computer system.  This routine action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.  Neither the owners nor law enforcement agents 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. 

Later that morning, officers from the Houston Police Department’s Major Offenders and Auto Theft Divisions received the silent homing signals from the stolen GMC Sierra on the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) installed in their patrol cars. The officers then queried the LoJack “Reply Code” appearing on the PTC display screens with the police stolen vehicle computer system and received both confirmation that the signals were coming from the stolen GMC, and a full description of the vehicle. Following the directional and signal strength cues on the PTC, the officers located the vehicle parked behind an abandoned residence. The police conducted surveillance on the GMC, but after a period of time without any activity, the officers recovered the truck and notified the grateful owner.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the GMC pickup at the original owner’s request in July 2008.