The driver of a 2016 Mazda CX5 called the Albuquerque Police Department to report the vehicle was stolen as a result of an armed carjacking. The driver advised they had the Mazda on loan from a local auto dealership and was the driving the Mazda to deliver pizza. The driver did not have the vehicle information but a robbery report was filed. When the dealership opened for business, they contacted the Albuquerque PD to provide the vehicle information. The Albuquerque 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 Mazda CX5.
Shortly after the stolen vehicle entry, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, Metro-1, picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Mazda with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in their patrol vehicles and aircraft. The flight crew tracked the stolen Mazda and directed ground units, also equipped with PTC’s, into the area. Officers located the Mazda and had it removed from the system as a stolen vehicle.
The stolen Mazda was towed from the scene and the dealership will take custody of the vehicle at a later date.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Mazda CX5 in July 2017 at Quality Mazda in Albuquerque, New Mexico.