The owners of a 2002 Isuzu Rodeo contacted the Mesa Police Department to report that their vehicle had been stolen by an acquaintance several days earlier. The acquaintance sent vulgar text messages to the victim stating that he was not going to return the Isuzu.
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 Isuzu.
Nineteen minutes later officers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety (Highway Patrol) picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Isuzu 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 officers tracked the Isuzu to the area of 48th Street and Southern Avenue in Phoenix.
The Highway Patrol officer located the Isuzu unoccupied in a business parking lot. The officer observed a male subject near the Isuzu and walking away as the officer drove into the parking lot. The Mesa Police Department was contacted and a description of the suspect matched the subject seen walking from the area earlier. Officers checked the area; however, the suspect could not be located. The Isuzu was processed for evidence and later returned to the owner in good condition.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Isuzu Rodeo in January 2002 at Chapman Chevrolet in Tempe, Arizona.