Chevrolet Silverado Quickly Recovered in Madera, CA — Suspect ID’d by Fingerprints Lifted from Vehicle

  • April 29, 2012
  • recovery stories

On March 22, 2012, the owner of a 1997 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck contacted the Fresno Police Department to report the vehicle stolen.

The responding officer prepared a stolen vehicle report and had the Chevrolet’s information entered into the federal and state crime computers. This routine police procedure automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the pickup truck. Neither the owner nor law enforcement agents had to take any further action to activate the LoJack Vehicle Recovery Network, as LoJack’s interface with the police is both seamless and instantaneous.

A little less than two hours later, an officer from the Madera office of the California Highway Patrol received the Chevrolet’s silent LoJack signal on his patrol car’s LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC). Following the directional and signal strength cues on the PTC, the officer tracked the vehicle to the vicinity of Almond Avenue and Highway 145 in southwest Madera. The vehicle was found abandoned in a parking stall of an apartment complex.

Members of the Madera County Vehicle Theft Task Force were able to lift latent fingerprints off of the recovered vehicle. A suspect has been identified and is currently being sought in connection with this theft.

The vehicle was recovered intact and undamaged; it was stored pending release to the owner.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Chevrolet pickup in July of 1997.