The owners of a 2007 Mitsubishi Raider pickup contacted the Phoenix Police Department to report that their vehicle had been stolen. The Mitsubishi pickup was taken with the keys during a burglary of their residence.
The Phoenix 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 Mitsubishi.
Five minutes later officers from the Glendale Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Mitsubishi 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 Mitsubishi to the area of 51st Avenue and Grand Avenue.
The stolen Mitsubishi was located unoccupied at a gas station. The officer waited for additional officers and the Phoenix PD helicopter to respond to the area, while surveilling the stolen Mitsubishi. A male suspect was observed getting into the stolen Mitsubishi and was taken into custody without incident. The suspect was in possession of heroin and methamphetamine. The suspect was booked on several felony charges.
The Mitsubishi was recovered in good condition and later returned to the owners. Some of the jewelry and cash taken during the burglary was found in the Mitsubishi. Other jewelry located in the Mitsubishi did not belong to this victim and was believed to come from another burglary.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Mitsubishi Raider in August 2008 at Power Toyota Scion in Tempe, Arizona.