The owner of a 2003 Lexus IS 300 contacted the Avondale Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen. The owner stopped at a gas station and went inside. The Lexus was left running with a friend in the vehicle. When the owner came back out, the Lexus and friend were gone.
The Avondale 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 from the Glendale Police Department 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 a neighborhood approximately fourteen miles from the theft location.
The Glendale PD officers located the stolen Lexus unoccupied, parked on the street in the 6200 block of west Tierra Buena Lane in Glendale. The known suspect was not in the area. The Lexus was recovered in good condition with the keys still in the ignition. The officers processed the Lexus for evidence and impounded the vehicle for safe keeping. Charges are pending further investigation by the Avondale PD.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Lexus IS 300 in December 2002 at Scottsdale Lexus in Arizona.