The owner of a 2007 Audi A6 contacted the Cleveland Police Department to report that her vehicle had been stolen. The owner had lent her boyfriend the Audi to attend a party. Upon leaving the party the boyfriend found the keys missing from his coat. After checking further he also discovered the Audi was missing. Cleveland Police 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.
A short while later officers from the Cleveland Police Department and University Circle Police Department 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. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers tracked the vehicle which was mobile on the east side of Cleveland. A felony stop was attempted, however the suspects sped off. Shortly after, a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol travelling on the west side of Cleveland picked up the signal.
The trooper tracked it to a commercial parking lot and observed several occupants in the vehicle. While waiting for back up, the stolen Audi began to drive away and when the trooper began to follow the operator sped off. The trooper continued to track the stolen Audi and located the stolen vehicle parked and unoccupied at an apartment complex in Cleveland.
Because of the quick recovery the suspects did not have enough time to strip, re-tag or use the vehicle for a crime. The stolen Audi was impounded for processing. After further investigation the suspects were identified. Charges for Receiving Stolen Property-Motor Vehicle, Fleeing and Eluding, and other auto related crimes have been filed. The vehicle was later released to the owner.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Audi A6 in March 2007 at Father and Sons Porsche/Audi/Volvo/Saab, West Springfield, MA.