The owners of a 2006 Hummer H3 contacted the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen. The owner suspected the brother of an acquaintance took the Hummer without permission.
The Las Vegas Metro 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 Hummer.
A short while later, detectives with the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Hummer 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 detectives tracked the Hummer to the area of the 5400 block of west McDowell Road in Phoenix.
The Hummer was found parked in the rear parking lot of some condominiums. Three male subjects were observed near the Hummer so auto theft detectives set up and conducted surveillance. A short time later, one of the male subjects got into the Hummer and began to drive out of the parking lot. The Hummer was stopped and the driver was taken into custody without incident.
The suspect was identified as the same one the owner thought stole the Hummer. The decals had been removed and a fictitious license plate was attached to the Hummer in an attempt to conceal the vehicle identity. During interviews the suspect admitted to the theft due to a drug problem. He also admitted to changing the license plate and removing the decals. The suspect was booked for the theft of the Hummer.
The Hummer was recovered in good condition and towed for safekeeping. This is the second time the Hummer has been stolen and recovered by the use of the LoJack® System.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Hummer H3 in October 2005 at Cerritos Pontiac GMC Hummer in Cerritos, California.