The owners of a Lexus GS340 contacted the Colorado Springs PD to report that their vehicle had been stolen. A police officer verified the theft and had the vehicle information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine action automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Lexus.
A short while later officers and investigators with the Colorado Springs PD and the BATTLE-South Auto Theft Task Force picked up the silent LoJack signals from the stolen Lexus with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTCs) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft.
Following the directional and audible cues from their PTCs, these officers tracked the vehicle to some apartments near North Academy Blvd. and Union Blvd. The vehicle was found unoccupied and officers recovered it for evidence processing and return to the owners. The police suspect a particular group of persons who are known for stealing cars and committing burglaries as being responsible for this crime.
This LoJack® System had been installed in the Lexus in Jul of 1996 at Tustin Lexus in California at the request of a prior owner. The LoJack activated only when reported stolen and shut off when the police report was canceled. The device is now dormant again and can only be activated by an owners report to the police as stolen.