The owner of a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado contacted the Albuquerque Police Department to report their vehicle had been stolen. 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 Chevrolet Silverado.
Shortly after the activation, officers and an auto theft detective with the Albuquerque PD picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Silverado with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in their patrol and undercover vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers tracked the LoJack signal to the area of Trumbull and Utah.
The auto theft detective determined the Silverado was mobile and initiated covert tracking of the vehicle with the gang unit assisting. The stolen Silverado drove through several residential neighborhoods and eventually returned back to a residence in the area of Trumbull and Utah. Marked units were called into the area to set up a perimeter while detectives maintained surveillance. The offender drove off in the Silverado and spotted the marked units parked down the road. At this time the Silverado attempted to perform a U-turn to avoid contact with the marked units but slid on the icy road stopping on a sidewalk. The driver exited the stolen Silverado and attempted to elude capture while on foot. The driver was taken into custody and the Silverado was recovered.
The owner was notified of the recovery and responded to the scene. The owner thanked the Albuquerque Police Department for the speedy recovery and was able to drive the Silverado away. The auto theft offender admitted to knowing the Silverado was stolen and he was provided transportation to the Metropolitan Detention Center.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Chevrolet Silverado in April 1999 at AutoNation Chevrolet in Mesa, Arizona.