The owners of a 2008 Audi A4 contacted the Surprise Police Department to report that their vehicle had been stolen, with the spare key that had been left in the vehicle.
The Surprise 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 Audi.
Eighteen minutes later, troopers from the Arizona Highway Patrol picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Audi with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. The directional and audible cues from the PTC alerted the troopers at a collision scene that the Audi was in the area of Interstate 10 near 75th Avenue in Phoenix.
The troopers were working a major collision that was blocking three of the four traffic lanes. The traffic was funneled down to one lane. The troopers on scene set up in the closure and monitored the PTC as the stolen Audi slowly made its way to the one lane. When the stolen Audi drove into the area of the troopers, a high risk felony stop was conducted. The two occupants were detained without incident. Both suspects were arrested and booked. The Audi was recovered in good condition and impounded for safe keeping.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Audi A4 in February 2016 at Volkswagen South Coast in Santa Ana, California.