owners of a 2004 Toyota Sienna Van contacted the Phoenix Police Department to
report that their vehicle was stolen with the keys from the parking lot of a
thrift store. The owner set the keys
down to move a television and later noticed the keys missing. 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 Toyota.
Ten minutes later troopers from the Arizona Highway Patrol picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Toyota 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 troopers tracked the vehicle to 35th Avenue and Van Buren Street.
Arizona Highway Patrol troopers located the stolen Toyota unoccupied, approximately
ten miles from where it was reported stolen from, on a side street of a business
area south of Van Buren Street on 31st Avenue. No suspects were observed in the area. The vehicle was recovered and processed for
evidence. The Toyota was later returned
to the owners in good condition.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Toyota Sienna in July 2003 at Camelback Toyota, Phoenix, Arizona.