This Hyundai Santa Fe was taken without permission by a family member. The theft occurred in the evening hours at the owner’s residence located in the 12700 block of SE 295th Street in Auburn.
When the theft was discovered, it was reported to the Auburn Police Department who verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Hyundai.
A King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter (Guardian One) flying over Auburn picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Hyundai on the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. The location was relayed to the Auburn PD units on the ground. Following directional and audible cues from the PTC, the Hyundai was located in the 3000 block of Auburn Way North.
One suspect in the Hyundai was taken into custody. The Hyundai did not appear to be damaged.
The owner was called to the scene to take possession of the Hyundai.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Hyundai Santa Fe in January 2008 at Lithia Hyundai of Renton, Washington.