LoJack System Helps Chicago Police Recover Stolen Lexus RX 330 with Two Taken into Custody Less than an Hour After Activation

  • March 6, 2019
  • Law Enforcement

The owner of a 2004 Lexus RX 330 contacted the Chicago Police Department to report that his vehicle had been stolen from a gas station at 8200 S Kedzie Avenue in Chicago’s Ashburn neighborhood after he left it running and went inside to pay for his gas.  Chicago 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.

Twenty seven minutes later officers from Chicago’s Engelwood District 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 officers, tracked the vehicle and observed it in traffic. The officers discreetly followed the vehicle from a distance and called for backup. The tracking officers observed the stolen Lexus pull over to the curb at 7218 S Union Avenue in Chicago’s Engelwood neighborhood.

Along with responding back up the officers approached the stolen vehicle blocking it in at the curb. The driver and a passenger attempted to exit the vehicle and flee but were immediately taken into custody. The suspects on scene stated they had borrowed the car from a friend. Video tape surveillance was recovered from the gas station which showed the same two suspects in custody as the ones who entered the open and running vehicle at the gas station. The suspect driving the stolen Lexus was charged with Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle and the passenger with Criminal Trespass to Vehicle.

The stolen Lexus was driven to the Engelwood District where it was reunited with a grateful owner less than an hour after it was reported stolen. The stolen Lexus RX 330 was recovered undamaged, before it could be stripped, cloned, re-tagged, or used in a crime.

The LoJack® System was installed in the Lexus RX 300 in February 2008 at McGrath Lexus in Chicago, Illinois.