The owners of a Jeep Grand Cherokee contacted the Phoenix Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen again sometime overnight from the parking lot of their apartment complex.
The police verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Jeep.
Eleven minutes later, an auto theft detective from the Phoenix PD picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Jeep 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 auto theft detective tracked the Jeep to the area of I-10 and 35th Avenue in Phoenix.
The Phoenix PD auto theft detective spotted the stolen Jeep and began to follow it while additional police units responded to the area. The stolen Jeep was occupied by two suspects. The driver of the Jeep became aware of the detective following them and began to make numerous turns in the neighborhood. The auto theft detective backed off and lost sight of the Jeep. The Jeep was found unoccupied in the neighborhood. The driver was seen walking from the area and was detained without incident. The Jeep was processed for evidence and returned to the owner in good condition. The suspect admitted to stealing the Jeep for the wheels. The suspect was arrested and booked for the theft of the vehicle.
This same Jeep Grand Cherokee was stolen and recovered by the use of LoJack two weeks prior to this theft.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Jeep Grand Cherokee in December 2003 at Power Chrysler Jeep in Scottsdale, Arizona.