The owners of a Lexus IS3 contacted the Salt Lake City Police Department to report that their vehicle had been stolen from their home. An officer was dispatched who verified the theft and had the vehicle information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine action of the VIN being entered in the police computer as “stolen” automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Lexus.
Later that same evening officers with the Salt Lake City PD and Unified 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.
Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers tracked the Lexus to a motel on North Temple. They were joined by the Salt Lake City PD K-9 Unit and the Unified PD Metro Gang Unit.
These officers initiated a covert surveillance of the unoccupied Lexus. When the Lexus was re-occupied and was attempted to be driven from the motel a tactical deployment was made to avoid danger to the public by the suspects attempting to drive recklessly at high speed. The eluding situation was avoided and the Lexus recovered safely. The suspects have been identified by the police.
The owners were very pleased to have their stolen Lexus returned to them quickly with very little damage.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Lexus in June 2003 by Bell Lexus in Phoenix, Arizona.