The owner of a 2015 Ford Fusion contacted the Austin Police Department to report that his vehicle was stolen. An unknown suspect broke into the owner’s Ford, found the spare ignition key in the glove box and drove off in it.
The Austin 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 Ford.
Later, officers from the Austin PD picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Ford with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers tracked the stolen Ford to a restaurant, where it was parked in the parking lot. There were three suspects inside it. Officers got all three suspects out of this stolen Ford, at which point one of the suspects jumped back into it and drove off. A chase ensued and the suspect and this stolen Ford got away. Officers continued to track this stolen Ford and found it abandoned in a parking lot. The suspect, who got away, was recognized by the officers as a well-known car burglar and an arrest warrant is pending. The Ford Fusion was recovered in good condition.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford Fusion in August 2014 by Jones Ford Chrysler in Wickenburg, Arizona.