The owners of a 2006 Jeep Wrangler contacted the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from the parking lot of a golf course in the Sun City area.
The Maricopa County SD verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Jeep.
A short while later, officers from the Marana Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Jeep 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 Jeep to Interstate 10 where the vehicle was travelling eastbound. The stolen Jeep was over one hundred miles from where it was reported stolen from.
The Marana PD officers conducted a high risk stop on the stolen Jeep at the Twin Peaks exit on I-10. The driver was taken into custody without incident. Detectives from the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force responded to assist with the investigation. During interviews, the suspect admitted to being hired to drive the Jeep to Nogales, Mexico. Detectives booked the suspect on several felony charges to include; Theft of Means of Transportation, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Possession of Stolen Property.
The Jeep was recovered in good condition with damage to the ignition. The Jeep was impounded for safe keeping until the owner could pick it up.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Jeep Wrangler in August 2006 at Moore Chrysler Plymouth in Peoria, Arizona.