The owners of a 2004 Ford F250 contacted the Chandler Police Department to report that their pickup was stolen sometime overnight from the driveway of their residence.
The Chandler 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.
A short while later officers from the Gila River Tribal 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 a remote desert area south of Chandler, approximately twenty miles from where it was reported stolen from.
The stolen Ford was located unoccupied and stuck in the dry river bottom. The location could only be accessed by four-wheel drive vehicles. No suspects could be located in the area. The Ford appeared to be in good condition and was towed from the desert for safekeeping. The Ford was later returned to the owners.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford F250 in June 2004 by Direct Sales.