The owners of a 2008 Lexus RX350 contacted the Bath Township Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen. The owners had the Lexus advertised for sale on Craig’s List. On that day, three individuals responded to this upscale Akron suburb to look at the Lexus. After talking to the owner, they took the Lexus on a test drive. Sometime after the test drive while talking to the owner the suspects swapped the ignition key. A short time later the owner saw his Lexus being driven away from his residence.
The Bath Township 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.
A short while later officers from the Cleveland Police Department 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, the officers tracked the Lexus to a residential area of Cleveland.
There has been a rash of thefts in northeast Ohio where the suspects used the same method. Law enforcement believes that the vehicles are being shipped out of the country or the suspects are changing the Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) and later sell them to unsuspected purchasers. The Bath Township PD processed the Lexus and it was later returned to the owner. This is to be further investigated by Bath Township PD.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Lexus RX350 in June 2008 by Herb Chambers Lexus in Sharon, Massachusetts.