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LoJack's 'Hottest' Stolen Vehicle Recovery Stories of the Summer

Tue, 08/24/2010 - 8:56am
WESTWOOD, Mass., /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- It has been an extremely hot summer. And, for LoJack Corporation the company that invented the stolen vehicle recovery market, it has been a summer of "hot" stolen vehicle recoveries across the country.

The recoveries announced today featured the fraudulent use of credit cards, a car-jacking, a chop shop operation and a car targeted for parts. In these recoveries, LoJack's Radio Frequency technology - which operates even if a stolen vehicle is located in a concrete garage, steel container or dense foliage - and direct integration with police helped law enforcement cool down vehicle theft and professional thieves.

"These stolen vehicle recovery stories illustrate a variety of ways today's professional thieves steal vehicles. What they also show is how the LoJack System is instrumental in helping police foil their attempts, which enables law enforcement to put these criminals behind bars," said Patrick Clancy, Vice President of Law Enforcement, LoJack Corporation. "These stories also highlight the value the LoJack System brings to vehicle owners, providing a proven method to get their cars, trucks, SUVs and motorcycles back if they're stolen. This is more important now than ever because the rate of stolen vehicles not recovered is at its highest point in the past 20 years."

Below are a few of LoJack's top summer recoveries:

LoJack System Foils Thief Using a Fraudulent Credit Card to Rent & Then Steal Lamborghinis

In this recovery, an exotic car rental company near the Miami International Airport rented a LoJack-equipped black 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo along with a white 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo - worth a combined value of $370,000 - to two men.

When the company discovered that fraudulent credit cards were used in the transaction, they contacted the Miami-Dade Police Department, which immediately activated the LoJack System on the black Lamborghini.

Police picked up the Radio Frequency signal just a little more than an hour later and tracked it to a concrete underground garage. Both vehicles were recovered and returned to the rental car company.

Car Jacker Apprehended Thanks to LoJack

In this recovery, the owner of a 2005 Chevrolet Impala was car jacked and pushed into his vehicle's trunk. The suspects then sped off. When they stopped at a traffic light, the owner managed to pop open the lid, escape on foot and immediately notify the San Antonio Police Department.

Fortunately, the vehicle was equipped with LoJack, so police activated the system and picked up the signal from the stolen Impala only 45 minutes later. Officers tracked and located the vehicle and arrested the two suspects, who were charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery. Both were held on bail charges of more than $200,000.

To learn more about vehicle theft protection, visit LoJack's Knowledge Center at www.lojack.com/knowledge, Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LoJackCorp or Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/LoJackCorp. From any of these pages, visitors can download a number of informative materials including "Get in the Know," an interactive educational booklet that details facts about vehicle theft as well as the steps owners can take to protect their cars, motorcycles or heavy equipment from theft.

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