A dealership employee
with Lexus of Bellevue discovered a 2018 Lexus NX 200 missing from the sales
lot. The employee presumed it to be stolen and a check of the lot confirmed
that suspicision. The theft was reported to the Bellevue Police Department and
an officer responded for a motor vehicle theft report. The employee told the officer the vehicle
had been located somewhere outside in the sales lot and was for sale as a used
vehicle. There were no license plates currently assigned to the vehicle. The
vehicle had been stolen sometime in the past fifteen days. One key to the
vehicle was also missing from where the keys for all the vehicles on the lot
are kept. After checking with employees and managers, the dealership had no
idea where the vehicle was and no one had permission to take it. 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.
Within minutes of the activation, an officer patrolling in the Seattle area received a LoJack® hit on her Police Tracking Computer (PTC), which are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Utilizing the audible and visual signals of the LoJack® PTC, the officer was able to navigate to a parking lot in the area of 13th Avenue and East Columbia Street in Seattle. The stolen silver Lexus NX 200 was located unoccupied in a parking lot. Police impounded the stolen Lexus for safekeeping and later returned it to Lexus of Bellevue.
The total time from stolen vehicle activation to recovery was one hour and thirty-four minutes. The LoJack® System was installed in the Lexus NX 200 at Lexus of Bellevue, Bellevue Washington in March 2018.