The owners of a 2006 Ford F350 pickup contacted the Phoenix Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from the parking lot of an office complex in northeast Phoenix. The owner advised that the Ford was parked less than an hour before it was observed missing.
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 Ford.
Ten minutes later a trooper from the Arizona Highway Patrol picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Ford 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 trooper tracked the Ford to Interstate 10 near milepost 159. This is approximately 30 miles from where the Ford was stolen from.
The trooper located the stolen Ford pickup travelling east bound on Interstate 10 and followed the vehicle approximately 20 miles while waiting for additional units to assist with the traffic stop. The troopers made the felony traffic stop near Casa Grande, on Interstate 10 at milepost 183. The driver complied and was taken into custody without incident. The suspect advised that he was paid $200 to drive the stolen Ford to Mexico. The Ford was recovered in good condition with minor damage to the ignition and steering column. The owner responded to Casa Grande and took custody of the Ford. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Pinal County jail for the vehicle theft.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford F350 in February 2006 at Jones Ford Chrysler Dodge Ram in Wickenburg, Arizona.