Stolen Ford Pickup Recovered in Pierce County — Suspect Under Hood Trying to Disconnect LoJack

  • April 22, 2012
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The owner of a 2008 Ford F350 crew cab pickup, who lives in Lakebay in Pierce County, reported the pickup stolen on the afternoon of March 21, 2012. According to the victim, an acquaintance had borrowed the vehicle and failed to return it within the specified time frame. When the owner contacted the acquaintance, he was told that he was not going to return it, but would instead stop driving it. The owner then contacted the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department to report the theft.

Pierce County deputies completed a stolen vehicle report and had the Ford’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed within in the pickup. Neither the owners nor law enforcement agents had to take any further action to initiate police tracking of the vehicle, as LoJack’s interface with the police is both seamless and instantaneous.

Just thirty minutes after later, Pierce County deputies received the Ford’s homing signal on the Police Tracking Computer (PTC) installed in their patrol vehicles. Following audio and visual cues on the LoJack PTC, the deputies located the vehicle in the 2700 block of Park Avenue South in Tacoma. The suspect was under the hood disconnecting the battery when the deputies arrived.  He admitted he was trying to disable the LoJack by disconnecting the battery.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Ford pickup in September 2011 when it was purchased as a pre-owned vehicle.