The owners of a 2009 Lexus RX3 contacted the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department to report their vehicle was stolen.
The SBSO 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.
A short while later the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Air 8 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, Air 8 tracked the Lexus to the 10900 block of Duncan Avenue in the city of Lynwood. The Lexus appeared to be unoccupied. Air 8 maintained a high altitude surveillance of the Lexus until the arrival of detectives from the LASD Century station. The detectives set up ground surveillance and were assisted by patrol deputies in the area. Just minutes after arrival the detectives saw two females enter the Lexus and drive away. The detectives broadcast this information and the Lexus was stopped by the assisting patrol deputies. When the detectives contacted the two females they learned they were an aunt and niece. The aunt was driving. It was later learned the aunt was on probation for a prior auto theft conviction. The niece was released. The intact and undamaged Lexus was recovered.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Lexus RX3 in March 2008 at Longo Lexus in El Monte, California.