Plate-less New Cadillac Escalade Recovered 400 Miles Away with Help of LoJack

  • April 22, 2012
  • recovery stories

On March 22, 2012, the Bewley-Allen Cadillac dealership in Alhambra CA, contacted the Alhambra Police Department to report that someone had used fraudulent paperwork to “purchase” a $60,000 2012 Cadillac Escalade from their dealership. Lucky for the dealership, the Cadillac was equipped with a LoJack transponder; because the stolen vehicle had not yet been assigned DMV license plates, identifying the vehicle without a LoJack would have been much more difficult.

Alhambra Police Department detectives completed a stolen vehicle report and had the Cadillac’s information entered into the state and federal crime computer system. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed within the Cadillac, and seamlessly initiated the police’s tracking of the vehicle.

Less than four hours later, Alameda County Sheriff’s officers began picking up the Cadillac’s silent LoJack tracking signal in the City of Oakland Ca, 400 miles north of where it was reported stolen. Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies, following cues from their onboard LoJack Police Tracking Computers, tracked the stolen Cadillac to the downtown Oakland Bus Terminal, where the stolen Cadillac was located in a parking lot. The undamaged vehicle was impounded for safekeeping while the Southern California dealership was notified of its recovery.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Cadillac on January 18, 2012 – just two months earlier.