The owners of a Toyota Celica contacted the Gilbert Police Department to report that their vehicle had been stolen sometime overnight. The owners advised the police that the Toyota was parked on the street in front of their residence. The owners think they may have left the keys in the trunk lock, after retrieving items from the trunk, late in the evening.
Gilbert PD verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Toyota.
Nine minutes later, officers from the Arizona Highway Patrol picked up the silent LoJack® homing signals from the stolen Toyota with the LoJack® Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers tracked the vehicle to a side street north of the U.S. 60 freeway near Country Club Avenue in Mesa.
The stolen Toyota was located unoccupied, parked on the street in an industrial area. The vehicle was processed for evidence and returned to the owners in good condition.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Toyota Celica in January, 1999.