The owners of a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe contacted the Phoenix Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen without the keys from the parking lot of a resort hotel. The owner had been inside for just a few minutes and when he came out he saw the Chevrolet being driven away.
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 Chevrolet.
About fifteen minutes later, officers from the Phoenix PD picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Chevrolet 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 Chevrolet to the area of 48th Street and Elliot Road near Interstate 10.
The Phoenix PD officers lost the signal in the area and believed that the stolen Chevy was travelling south on I-10. An attempt to locate for the stolen Chevy was sent to the southern Arizona law enforcement agencies along I-10 and I-19 to Mexico. A short time later a Marana Police Department officer located the stolen Chevy. The Chevy was approximately 90 miles south of Phoenix travelling on I-10 just north of Tucson. The Chevy was stopped near the Cortero exit on I-10 where the driver was taken into custody without incident. During interviews, the suspect said that he was being paid $300 to drive the Chevy to Mexico. The suspect was arrested and booked for the vehicle theft. The Chevy Tahoe was recovered in good condition with minor damage to the ignition and door lock. The Chevy was impounded for safe keeping and later returned to the owners.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Chevrolet Tahoe in May 2005 at AutoNation Chevrolet Gilbert in Arizona.
- 90 miles
- AutoNation Chevrolet Gilbert
- Chevrolet Suburban
- Chevrolet Tahoe
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- General Motors
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- Marana Police Department
- Phoenix Police Department