The owners of a 2008 Audi A4 had parked their vehicle in the garage with the key in the center console after returning home around 7:30PM. At about 11:00PM they went to close the garage door and found the vehicle missing. They contacted the Westlake Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen.
Westlake 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 Audi.
Minutes later a trooper from Ohio State Highway Patrol traveling on I-90 picked up the silent LoJack signals from the stolen Audi 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 trooper tracked the vehicle to a remote business/residential area in Cleveland.
It appeared that the suspect(s) parked the Audi in a remote and poorly lit area to let it “cool off”. Surveillance was established for a short while until Westlake Police responded. The Audi was impounded for processing. Because of the quick recovery the suspect(s) did not have time to strip it or use it to commit additional crimes. A laptop and other personal property belonging to the victim were still in the vehicle. This matter is to be further investigated by Westlake PD.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Audi A4 in October 2013.