2 Subaru Imprezas Stolen Same Night, Same Town; Only LoJack-Equipped Car Recovered Undamaged

  • April 22, 2012
  • recovery stories

In the dark hours of March 21, 2012, auto thieves stole two Subaru Impreza WRXs from separate owners in the city of Arvada.  When the owners of these vehicles discovered the thefts, they each reported the crimes to the Arvada Police Department.  It was the police department’s routine entry of the vehicle information into the nationwide law enforcement stolen vehicle computer system that automatically activated the LoJack transponder that was concealed in one of the vehicles. 

The second WRX did not have LoJack.

Less than ten minutes later, officers with the Denver Police Department received the silent homing signals from the first stolen vehicle on the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) installed in their patrol cars. Following the directional and signal strength cues on the computer, the officers tracked the Subaru WRX to a closed garage in Denver. Metro Auto Theft Task Force detectives obtained a search warrant and recovered the WRX with only minor damage. A suspect has been identified and the investigation remains ongoing. This is the second time that this vehicle has been stolen and recovered with the LoJack system that was installed five years ago.

The second Subaru WRX was subsequently found stripped and abandoned in Aurora.