The owners of a 2008 Lexus RX350 contacted the Tempe Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen. The Lexus was parked in the open garage of the residence with a set of keys left inside the vehicle.
The Tempe 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 in the Phoenix Police Department helicopter 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 helicopter crew tracked the Lexus to a parking lot of a casino in the east valley.
The Phoenix PD advised the Salt River Indian tribal police, who responded to the parking lot and located the stolen Lexus unoccupied. The Tempe PD also responded to the scene and recovered the stolen Lexus. The Lexus was processed for evidence and returned to the owners in good condition. The Tempe PD auto theft detectives are following up on the evidence and video footage obtained from the casino parking lot.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Lexus RX350 in May 2007 at Lexus of Chandler in Arizona.