Opportunistic Thief Steals Toyota Tundra from Open Garage, but is Quickly Arrested by SF Police

  • June 8, 2012
  • recovery stories

On the morning of May 7, 2012, the owner of a 2007 Toyota Tundra truck discovered that his vehicle was stolen from where it was parked in his garage in San Francisco. A neighbor of the victim told police that he saw a suspect walk into the victim’s open garage and moments later, the truck pulled out.  The truck’s keys were hanging on the garage wall. 

The owner contacted the San Francisco Police Department, who completed a stolen vehicle report and had the Tundra’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Tundra, prompting it to begin emitting a silent homing signal. Neither the owner nor law enforcement agents had to do anything else to activate the LoJack Vehicle Recovery Network, as LoJack’s interface with the police is both seamless and instantaneous.

Later that afternoon, officers with the San Francisco Police Department began to pick up the silent LoJack signal on the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) installed in their patrol cars. Following the directional and signal strength cues on the PTC, the officers tracked the Tundra to a residential parking lot. The police arrested the sole occupant of the Tundra and recovered the truck. The undamaged vehicle was impounded for safekeeping, and the owner notified of its recovery

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Toyota Tundra on November 8, 2007.