owners of a Ford F350 pickup contacted the Phoenix Police Department to report
that their vehicle was stolen without the keys from the apartment complex
parking lot. 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 Ford.
Twelve minutes later, officers from the Phoenix Police Department and detectives from the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force 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 auto theft detectives tracked the vehicle to the area of 50th Place and Virginia Avenue, approximately four miles from where it was stolen from.
stolen Ford was located by Phoenix Police Department officers unoccupied on a
side street in the neighborhood. The
detectives from the Arizona
Vehicle Theft Task Force conducted surveillance on the vehicle. No suspects were observed in the area or
returning to the vehicle. The vehicle
was later recovered by the Arizona
Vehicle Theft Task Force detectives and processed for evidence. The vehicle was returned to the owners with
damage to the ignition.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford F350 in May 2004, at Berge Ford, Mesa, Arizona.