On January 30, 2013, the owner of a Kia Sephia discovered the vehicle missing from his residence in the 9000 block of NE Marx Street in Portland, Oregon. According to the victim, it was stolen sometime during the early morning hours.
The owner quickly reported the theft to the Portland Police Bureau; after verifying the crime, the officers had the vehicle information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.
Later that morning, a Port of Portland Police sergeant received the silent signal transmitting from the stolen Kia on the LoJack Police Tracking Computer installed in his patrol car. The Tracker had just been installed the day before. Following the directional and audible cues on the LoJack computer, the sergeant tracked the vehicle to the 6600 block of NE 79th Court. The Kia was abandoned, and did not appear to be damaged. It was returned to the owner, who had purchased it as a new car and was unaware that it was equipped with LoJack.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in this Kia Sephia in August of 1998 at Chrysler-Plymouth of Paramus, New Jersey, when it was purchased new.