In the early hours of Thursday morning, the owner of a 2007 White Lexus IS250 4-door sedan and a friend were talking in his car when the two were accosted by two subjects brandishing handguns. The subjects ordered the owner and their friend out of the car and took their wallets and cellphones. The owner contacted the Hialeah Police Department to report their vehicle stolen. The responding officer prepared a stolen vehicle report and theft affidavit and had the vehicle’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine police procedure automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the 4-door sedan. The owner used a cellphone application to locate the phone that was stolen from them by the thieves. The police located the thieves near N.W. 14th Avenue and 95th Street. One subject fled on foot from one of the vehicles and was apprehended. The other subject fled in the owner’s car. Within minutes of activation a Miami-Dade Police Department officer picked up the silent LoJack® System homing signal from the stolen IS250 on their on-board LoJack® System Police Tracking Computer (PTC), which assists law enforcement officers to locate stolen vehicles quickly and safely. The officer began tracking the stolen vehicle by following the directional and audible cues on their PTC’s screen. The officer, along with their backup, located the vehicle abandoned in the 13200 block of Port Said Road, Opa Locka. The 4-door sedan was recovered, towed to the police impound yard for safekeeping, and removed from federal and state crime computer systems.
The LoJack® Stolen Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the 2007 White Lexus IS250 4-door sedan on March, 2007.