The owner of a 2005 Lexus 330 contacted the Albuquerque Police Department to report that their Lexus was stolen. The owner was from Arizona visiting his daughter who lives in Albuquerque within the Southeast Area Command. The Albuquerque 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 15 minutes of the activation, the Albuquerque PD officers picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Lexus in the Northeast Area Command with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the audible and directional cues from the PTC, the officers tracked the moving Lexus to the intersection of Menaul and Chelwood located in the Foothills Area Command. Officers initiated a high risk traffic stop with the stolen Lexus and took two female subjects into custody. The Albuquerque PD Auto Theft Unit is conducting the follow-up investigation.
The stolen Lexus was recovered and released to the very happy owner at the recovery scene who stated he was glad he purchased the LoJack® System. The victim thought the offenders possibly located the valet key inside of the Lexus to unlawfully take his vehicle.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Lexus 330 in March 2005 at Tustin Lexus in California.