The owner of a Lexus R330 SUV contacted the Durham Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from their apartment complex in the 1100 block of Spring Meadow Drive, southwest of downtown Durham. Keys left inside the Lexus made the crime more accessible.
The Durham 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 Lexus.
Within minutes of the stolen Lexus being entered into the national law enforcement stolen vehicle files, a North Carolina DMV License & Theft Inspector traveling from the agency’s Raleigh Headquarters to the Inspector’s District office in Greensboro, via I-40 West near exit 276, picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Lexus 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 Inspector tracked the Lexus to an apartment complex off Audubon Lake Drive, near the Southpoint Autopark Blvd auto dealerships. The Lexus was empty and without damages. The Lexus was processed for latent evidence and released to the owner.
An investigation continues by the Durham Police Department.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Lexus R330 in August 2004 at Lexus of Tucson in Arizona.