LoJack Helps NYPD Recover Lexus RX400 Stolen from Forest Hills, Queens

  • December 2, 2012
  • recovery stories

On November 18, 2012, the owner of a 2006 Lexus RX 400 contacted the New York Police Department’s 112th Precinct in Forest Hills, Queens, to report her Lexus stolen. According to the victim, she had parked the vehicle in front of her residence, and when she returned for it the following morning, she discovered it missing.

When the officers arrived at the scene they took a written report, verified the theft, and had the information entered into the state and federal crime computer. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Lexus.

A short while later, officers from the Queens North Auto Larceny Unit picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen Lexus on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicle. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the officers tracked the vehicle through various streets in the 112th/104th Precincts, and eventually located the vehicle in the 112th Precinct.

The officers decided to stake the vehicle out, but after several hours without any activity, they took the vehicle into custody. Police investigation revealed that on the day before the vehicle was stolen, the owner went to the car wash to have her vehicle washed. A search of the vehicle revealed that the valet key, which she kept in the glove compartment, was missing. Also in the glove compartment was a copy of her insurance card, which contained her address. This led police to believe that someone from the car wash was involved in the theft.

The vehicle was recovered in excellent condition, without any damage. The owner was notified, and was elated to learn that her vehicle was recovered so quickly, especially with no damage. She stated that it was well worth the money she spent to have the LoJack system installed.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the 2006 Lexus on December 20, 2005 at Lexus of Manhattan in New York, NY.