The owners of a Jeep Wrangler contacted the Tucson Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen without the keys, sometime overnight from their residence.
The Tucson Police Department verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Jeep.
Thirty minutes later, auto theft detectives from the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force and deputies from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Jeep 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 detectives and deputies tracked the vehicle to the area of 22nd Street and 6th Avenue in Tucson.
The vehicle was located unoccupied at a residence and the auto theft detectives set up surveillance in the area. A short while later, the stolen Jeep was observed leaving the area and followed to a tire and wheel shop. The vehicle was boxed in and the suspect was taken into custody without incident. The Jeep was recovered with minor damage to the ignition. The license plate had been removed from the vehicle in an attempt to conceal the identity. The suspect was arrested and booked for the theft of the vehicle. The Jeep was later returned to the owners in good condition.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Jeep Wrangler in August 1993 at Star Preowned Super Center, Glendale, California.