The owners of a 2007 Ford F-250 pickup contacted the Phoenix Police Department to report that their vehicle had been stolen from the parking lot of a business near Baseline Road and Interstate 10 in Phoenix.
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.
Six minutes later, officers from the Nogales Police Department 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 officers tracked the Ford to Interstate 19 at Kilometer 2, near the US and Mexico border.
The stolen Ford F-250 had already been stopped by an Arizona Highway Patrol Trooper for a traffic violation a few minutes before being entered as stolen. The trooper was unaware that the Ford was stolen when he conducted the traffic stop. The Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force detectives working the area were on scene and assisted in taking the driver into custody without incident. The driver admitted to being paid to drive the stolen vehicle to Mexico where he would be paid $300.00. The Ford was recovered in good condition with minor damage to the door lock and ignition. The Ford was impounded for safe keeping. The suspect was arrested and booked for the theft of the Ford.
This is the second time that this Ford was stolen and recovered by the use of the LoJack® System.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford F-250 in January 2007 at Sanderson Ford in Glendale, Arizona.