The owners of a Mercedes-Benz E320 contacted the Scottsdale Police Department to report that their vehicle had just been stolen from the parking lot of a donut shop. The owner had gone inside the donut shop to buy a cup of coffee and left the Mercedes running. When the owner came out, the Mercedes was gone.
The Scottsdale 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 Mercedes.
Nineteen minutes later, officers from the Phoenix Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Mercedes 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 Mercedes to the area of Interstate 17 and Dunlap Avenue in Phoenix.
The Mercedes was occupied and mobile. Undercover auto theft detectives followed the Mercedes into a motel parking lot where the suspect was observed walking away from the Mercedes. The auto theft detectives detained the suspect without incident. The suspect admitted to stealing the Mercedes and said that he just wanted the transportation to go visit friends and family. The suspect was arrested and booked for the theft of the Mercedes. The Mercedes was recovered in good condition and returned to the owner.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Mercedes-Benz E320 in November 1999 at Brumos Motor Cars Inc. in Jacksonville, Florida.