The owner of a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta contacted the Phoenix Police Department to report that his vehicle was stolen with the keys by a recent acquaintance only known as Panda. The owner left the vehicle running with Panda in the passenger seat while he ran inside his apartment to retrieve an item. When he returned the vehicle was gone. 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 Volkswagen.
Ten minutes later, troopers from the Arizona Highway Patrol picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Volkswagen 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 the area of 28th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix.
Arizona Highway Patrol troopers located the stolen Volkswagen unoccupied in a
business parking lot approximately ten miles from where the vehicle was stolen
from. The suspect was not observed in
the area. The vehicle was recovered in good condition
and processed for evidence. The Volkswagen
was impounded for safekeeping and later released to the owner.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Volkswagen Jetta in February 2010 at AutoNation Volkswagen Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada.