LoJack Helps Phoenix Police Uncover Insurance Fraud Attempt, Suspect Arrested

  • February 13, 2013
  • recovery stories

On January 16, 2013, the suspect falsely reported that a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado was stolen from a residence during a burglary. The suspect was not aware that the pickup truck was equipped with LoJack when he fraudulently reported the fake crime to the Phoenix Police Department.

Phoenix Police had the vehicle information entered into the state and federal crime computer systems, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle. Neither the owners nor law enforcement had to do anything else to activate the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery Network because LoJack’s interface with law enforcement is both seamless and instantaneous.

Minutes later, Phoenix Police officers from the Estrella Mountain Precinct picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the falsely reported stolen Silverado with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers installed in the police vehicle. The officers began following the LoJack silent signals and observed the Silverado in the backyard of a residence in the 7000 block of West Coolidge. Officers secured the residence while detectives obtained a search warrant. Officers served the search warrant and learned the alleged victim was attempting an insurance fraud and had given the truck to a co-worker to dispose of. Officers are charging several suspects with various crimes; however, the owner of the Silverado was located and booked into jail.


The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Chevrolet Silverado in September of 2007 by O’Rielly Chevrolet in Tucson, Arizona.