The owners of a Chevrolet Blazer contacted the Glendale Police Department to report that their vehicle had been stolen from the parking lot of an apartment complex sometime earlier that morning.
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 Chevrolet.
A short while later, officers from the Arizona Highway Patrol picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Chevrolet 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 Chevrolet to a neighborhood near 35th Avenue and the Loop 101.
The Highway Patrol officer observed the stolen Chevy Blazer parked at a residence and set up in the area, while detectives with the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force responded. The officer observed the suspect enter the Chevy Blazer and drive from the residence. The Chevy Blazer was followed from the neighborhood where a traffic stop was conducted. The suspect complied and was taken into custody without incident. The auto theft detectives took case disposition. The Chevy Blazer was recovered with minor damage to the ignition and later returned to the owners.
During the interviews, the suspect admitted to stealing the Chevy Blazer. The suspect had been released from jail three days earlier for a previous auto theft conviction. The suspect was supposed to be on his way to see his probation officer when he was arrested for this theft. The suspect was booked for the auto theft and possession of dangerous drugs.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Chevrolet Blazer in December 1994 at Felix Chevrolet – Cadillac in Los Angeles, California.