LoJack, the company widely credited with pioneering stolen vehicle recovery, released its top 10 auto recoveries of 2011. We highlight some of the more interesting and noteworthy rescues on the list.
Here are the top stories that caught our eye:
#8 - Honda Civic Many of us have bought and sold items through Craigslist. Sometimes the buyer and or seller may seem a little shady. In this particular case the buyer wrote a bad check. The seller notified police who located the vehicle 300 miles away using the LoJack system and arrested the suspect.
#4 – Acura Integra The next story sounds only like it could only exist in the fantasies of The Fast and The Furious franchise. Mere minutes after an Acura Integra was reported stolen in California police were able to locate the vehicle and multiple chop shops run by a street racing theft ring. In total seven arrests were made. LoJack claims the stolen Integra led to the 400th chop shop bust in the state because of its products.
#2 - Honda CR-V LoJack led police who were tracking a Honda CR-V to a shipyard in Chicago. The investigation discovered an international theft ring that spanned from Tennessee to New York. Multiple stolen vehicles valued at more than $200,000 were being readied for their new home in Africa.
#1 – Family Van and Child A kidnapper made off with a four-year-old child in the child’s family van in Illinois. Police were able to locate the abandoned van, and after a brief manhunt apprehended the suspect and rescued the child on a nearby busy street.
Check out the complete top 10 list below:
10 - Thief disables OnStar, but LoJack locates Cadillac Escalade. 9 - Carjacker steals vehicle at gunpoint during test drive, LoJack finds vehicle. 8 - Craigslist buyer writes rubber check, LoJack leads to thief. (See above.) 7 - Carjacker shoots driver; LoJack leads police to suspect. 6 - Thieves steal 30 vehicles including keys and titles from dealership; one is equipped with LoJack helps police recover everything. 5 - LoJack in Honda Accord Crosstour stolen from dealer leads to shipping containers in Texas port with six stolen vehicles. 4 - Stolen Acura Integra leads police to 400th chop shop bust in the The Golden State. (See above.) 3 - Connecticut police track stolen Honda Civic and are led to murder suspect from Massachusetts. 2 - LoJack helps police find Honda CR-V and international theft ring. (See above.) 1 - Police find kidnapper and kidnapped child in family van equipped with LoJack. (See above.)