The owner of a 2003 Lexus IS300 contacted the Sacramento Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen while parked in a downtown parking lot. The victim stated when he returned from a weekend trip to Reno he discovered the Lexus missing.
The Sacramento PD believed the victim and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Lexus.
Less than 15 minutes later officers from the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol Air Ops, Air 21, 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 officers tracked the Lexus to the area of Sunrise Blvd and White Rock in Rancho Cordova. The officers determined the Lexus was inside a body shop. The officers determined there was an individual in the business and made contact. The officers then observed the stolen Lexus and requested the assistance of SACCATTS the Auto Theft Task Force.
Investigators responded, interviewed the suspect and determined he was the owner of the business. Investigators inspected the facility and identified five other stolen vehicles: Mustang, Nissan, Acura, Charger, and a Mitsubishi inside the shop, along with parts and engines from other stolen vehicles. The shop owner was arrested for auto theft and receiving stolen property.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Lexus IS300 in April 2003 at Vista Lexus in Woodland Hills, California.