The owner of a 2009 Lexus R350 contacted the Riverdale police to report their vehicle was stolen from in front of their residence on the 14400 block of south Michigan Avenue when they left the keys in the vehicle as it warmed up. Riverdale 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 Lexus.
Within minutes of activation an officer from the Harvey Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Lexus 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 officer tracked the vehicle to the 15100 block of Canter Avenue in Harvey where the vehicle was observed parked and unoccupied. The vehicle was recovered and towed to a secure location before it could be stripped, cloned, re-tagged or used in a crime. It should be noted that this was the second vehicle in as many days stolen under similar circumstances and recovered on the same block. An officer attention and alert was issued and this area will now be under greater surveillance. Police investigation continues.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Lexus R350 in August of 2008 at Lexus of Westmont in Westmont Illinois.