The owners of a Toyota 4Runner contacted the Denver Police Department and reported that their vehicle had been stolen from their residence on North Bellaire Street. A police officer verified the theft and had the vehicle information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine action automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Toyota.
A short while later officers with the Aurora Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen 4Runner with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTCs) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft.
Following the directional and audible cues from the PTCs, the officers tracked the 4Runner to an underground parking garage near Colfax Avenue and Dallas Street. Officers contacted five suspected gang members in connection with the stolen Toyota. All were taken into custody safely by officers. One was found to be armed with a handgun.
The Toyota was recovered undamaged and before it could be used in the commission of another crime, potentially a violent crime, or stripped for parts.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Toyota 4Runner in December 2001 at Burt Toyota in Englewood, Colorado.