"Friend" Steals Jaguar S-Type in Broward County, Apprehended Later that Day

  • April 22, 2012
  • recovery stories

According to sources, on Thursday morning, March 1, 2012, the owner of a 2001 Jaguar S-type 4-door sedan met with a “friend” and asked him to drive her around. After driving the owner to a particular location, the owner exited the vehicle. The suspect waited for over an hour and a half and then drove off. Upon discovering that the “friend” and vehicle were missing, the owner contacted the Broward County Sheriff’s Office to report the 4-door sedan stolen.
Upon arrival at the scene, the responding officer met with the owner of the Jaguar, prepared a stolen vehicle report and had the vehicle’s information entered into the federal and state crime computer systems. This routine police procedure automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Jaguar.
Later that morning, a Fort Lauderdale Police Department officer received the Jaguar’s silent LoJack signal, and began tracking the vehicle by following the directional and signal strength cues on his patrol car’s LoJack Police Tracking Computer. Shortly thereafter, the officer observed the sedan in a gas station in the 2700 block of Sunrise Boulevard.
Undercover detectives arrived at the scene and established surveillance on the Jaguar. They observed a suspect exit the station’s restroom and enter the Jaguar, at which point the detectives converged upon the vehicle and apprehended the suspect without incident. The Jaguar was recovered, towed to the police impound yard for safekeeping, and removed from the police crime computer systems.
The LoJack Stolen Vehicle Police Recovery System was installed in the Jaguar sedan on April 19, 2001 and has been protecting it ever since.