NYPD Officers Recover Stolen BMW X5, Undamaged, on Side of Grand Central Parkway

  • April 22, 2012
  • recovery stories

On March 25, 2012, the owner of a 2003 BMW  X5 parked and locked his vehicle near his home in the Richmond Hill section of Queens. When he returned for it, he found the vehicle missing and immediately called the New York Police Department’s 102nd Precinct to report the theft.

NYPD officers arrived, took a written report, and had this information entered into the state and federal crime computer systems. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed within the BMW. Neither the owner nor law enforcement agents had to take any further action to initiate the police’s tracking of the vehicle, as LoJack’s interface with the police is both seamless and instantaneous.

A short while later, the Police of the NYPD’s 112th Precinct picked up the BMW’s silent LoJack signal on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the tracking computer’s cues, the officers located the vehicle, parked alongside the Grand Central Parkway, close enough to the entrance to make an escape onto the Parkway to parts east.

The officers conducted a brief surveillance of the BMW, but when no one returned for it, they took the undamaged vehicle into custody. The owner was contacted and was elated to learn that his vehicle had been recovered so quickly, especially without any damage.