The owner of a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe called the Albuquerque Police Department to report their vehicle was stolen from their apartment complex parking lot in the Foothills Area Command. The Albuquerque 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 Chevrolet.
Shortly after the activation officers with the Albuquerque PD picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Chevrolet with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in their patrol vehicles. The Chevrolet was initially tracked to a store in the area of San Mateo and Zuni in the Southeast Area Command. As officers approached the area, the stolen Chevrolet went mobile before visual contact was made. Officers continued to track the Chevrolet leading them to the area of Pennsylvania and Copper. Officers located the Chevrolet occupied with the driver door open and parked in an apartment complex. Additional officers arrived on scene at which time the occupants were contacted and subsequently taken into custody. An Auto Theft Detective arrived on scene and took over the investigation.
The stolen Chevrolet was recovered with a broken driver door lock and broken ignition. Officers notified the owner of the recovery and she arrived on scene to take possession of her Chevrolet.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Chevrolet Tahoe in December 2003 at Cormier Chevrolet in Long Beach, California.