owners of a 2004 Ford F-250 Pickup contacted the Tucson Police Department to
report that their vehicle had been stolen. Tucson 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.
Twenty-five minutes later officers from the Tucson Police Department and deputies from the Pinal County Sheriff’s 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 and deputies tracked the vehicle to the area of Tucson Boulevard and Forgeus Avenue.
Tucson Police Department officers located the stolen Ford parked and unoccupied
in a parking lot of an apartment complex.
Detectives from the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force responded and
conducted an extended surveillance. The
suspect later returned to the stolen Ford and drove out of the parking
lot. Detectives followed the stolen Ford
and marked patrol vehicles attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The suspect fled and then bailed out on foot,
where a Tucson PD K-9 apprehended the suspect.
The suspect was arrested and booked for the vehicle theft and other
felony charges after being treated for the dog bites. The stolen Ford was recovered with minor
damage and later returned to the owners.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford F-250 in November 2003, at Mossy Ford, San Diego, California.