LoJack System Helps Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force Recover Stolen Jeep Grand Cherokee One in Custody Handgun Recovered

  • July 15, 2019
  • Law Enforcement

The owner of a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee contacted the Phoenix Police Department to report his vehicle stolen by an unknown subject that he had just met a few days earlier.  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 Jeep.

A short while later troopers from the Arizona Highway Patrol, detectives from the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force, and officers from the Phoenix Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Jeep with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft.  Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers and detectives tracked the vehicle to the area of Interstate 17 and Deer Valley Road.  

The stolen Jeep was located unoccupied and parked in front of a mobile home near 24th Avenue and Lone Cactus Road.   The auto theft task force detectives set up surveillance and observed two male subjects near the stolen vehicle and tried to make contact with them.  One subject complied and was detained.  The other male subject fled on foot and was pursued by the police officers/detectives.  The subject was apprehended without incident a short distance away hiding near a car wash.  Detectives located a semiauto hand gun and a large bag of marijuana that the suspect discarded while running from police.  This suspect was released from prison just a couple weeks prior.   He was arrested and booked on several felony charges.   The other suspect was questioned and released at the scene.  The Jeep was recovered in good condition and processed for evidence. The vehicle was impounded and later returned to the owner.      

This was the second time in six months that this Jeep was stolen, tracked, and recovered by the use of the LoJack® System. 

The LoJack® System was installed in the Jeep Grand Cherokee in October 2002, at McCune Motors, National City, California.