Medford Police Using LoJack Engage in High-Speed Pursuit with Thief of Lexus RX35, Suspect Arrested

  • July 3, 2012
  • recovery stories

On June 6, 2012, the owner of a 2008 Lexus RX35 contacted the Somerville (MA) Police Department to report that her vehicle was stolen from outside a convenience store parking lot located on lower Broadway Street in Somerville. After verifying the theft, Somerville officers had the vehicle’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers, which activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Lexus.

A short while later, officers from the Somerville and Medford Police Departments picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Lexus on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the Somerville officers observed the stolen vehicle and attempted a felony stop. When the male driver refused to pull over, a pursuit ensued, leading into the city of Medford, where Medford officers joined in. The suspect drove down several streets in Medford and at one point, managed to swerve around a roadblock that was hastily set up. The suspect then abandoned the stolen Lexus and attempted to escape on foot, but was quickly apprehended by Medford and Somerville Officers. The suspect was placed under arrest for numerous felony charges and transported back to the Somerville Police Department for processing. The damaged stolen vehicle was towed from the recovery scene of Bow Street and Strathmore Road for safekeeping until Somerville Police could notify the victim of its recovery.

This is the second time this vehicle was stolen and recovered using LoJack. It was previously stolen on January 28, 2009 and recovered 127 minutes after reporting it stolen to the Somerville Police Department.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the 2008 Lexus RX35 on January 3, 2008.