The owner of a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox contacted the Tucson Police Department to report that his vehicle was stolen by a female acquaintance. The owner advised that they had attended a party and when he woke up, the Chevrolet and keys were missing.
The police verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Chevrolet.
A short while later, officers from the Tucson PD picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Chevrolet 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 Chevrolet to the area of Speedway Blvd. and Rosemont Blvd.
Auto theft detectives from the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force responded to the area and assisted. The stolen Chevy was located in a strip mall parking lot. The auto theft detective pulled into the parking lot behind the stolen Chevy. As the marked unit pulled into the parking lot, the female suspect in the stolen Chevy backed up and struck the task force vehicle, causing minor damage to both vehicles. The female suspect then fled the area in the stolen vehicle. The stolen Chevy Equinox was tracked and located unoccupied in an apartment complex about five miles away. The Chevy was recovered and processed for evidence. The female suspect was not located; however, she has been identified and felony charges are pending her arrest. The Chevy Equinox was later returned to the owners with minor damage from the collision.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Chevrolet Equinox in May 2015 at O’Rielly Chevrolet in Tucson, Arizona.