owners of a Nissan Xterra contacted the Mesa Police Department to report their
vehicle stolen from their residence by unknown suspects. The Mesa 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 Nissan.
Later deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Nissan with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the deputies and the Sheriff’s Department helicopter tracked the vehicle to a very remote area south of Wittman.
The helicopter and deputies tracked the LoJack signal to a large residential property that was only accessible by several miles of dirt roads. The Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force detectives were contacted and responded to the area. A search warrant was obtained and executed on the property. The property owner was detained and questioned. The stolen Nissan Xterra was recovered in good condition. The suspect advised that he had purchased the Nissan from an individual in Phoenix for $500. The suspect was released with charges pending further investigation.
Force detectives also recovered a stolen 2008 Kawasaki motorcycle and a stolen
2001 Caterpillar backhoe on the property.
A flatbed trailer missing the VIN was seized pending identification.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Nissan Xterra in June 2000 at ABC Nissan, Phoenix, Arizona.