The owner of a used car dealership contacted the Phoenix Police Department to report that a 2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer Edition had been stolen off the dealership lot with the keys. The Ford was possiblely stolen by a mechanic along with another vehicle. The Phoenix Police Department 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.
Four minutes later, officers from the Glendale 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 vehicle to the area of 91st Avenue and Glendale Avenue.
The Glendale Police Department officers located the stolen Ford unoccupied in the parking lot of an apartment complex. The suspect was not located in the area. The vehicle was recovered and processed for evidence. The Ford was later returned to the used car dealership in good condition.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford Explorer in November 2012 at Premier Auto Center, Casa Grande, Arizona.