The owner of a used car dealership contacted the Mesa Police Department to report that seven vehicles had been stolen off their lot. The vehicles were stolen with the keys. One of the seven vehicles stolen was a 2004 Buick Rainier that was equipped with LoJack.
The Mesa PD verified the thefts and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Buick.
A short while later, the helicopter crew and officers from the Mesa PD picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Buick 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 helicopter crew and patrol officers tracked the Buick to a neighborhood near Greenfield Road and University Drive in Mesa.
The stolen Buick was found unoccupied on a side street in the neighborhood. The Buick was recovered and processed for evidence. The Buick was later returned to the used car dealership in good condition.
The Mesa PD auto theft detectives have recovered five of the stolen vehicles and are following up on several investigative leads.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Buick Rainier in January 2004 at Royal Automotive Group in Tucson, Arizona.