Suspect Arrested for Theft of Toyota RAV4, Outstanding Drug Charges, in Anaheim

  • June 8, 2012
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On May 1, 2012, detectives from the Orange County Auto Theft Task Force (OCATT) began to receive a silent LoJack signal on the LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC) installed in their patrol vehicle. After querying the LoJack Reply Code appearing on the computer display against the police computer database, they were advised that the signal was emitting from a 2007 Toyota RAV4 that had been reported stolen to the Anaheim Police Department minutes earlier.

Following the directional and signal strength cues on the PTC, the detectives tracked and located the vehicle, parked and unoccupied on South Street. They established surveillance and monitored the vehicle for some time. Later that day, detectives observed a male suspect enter the vehicle and move it to a market parking lot in the 1600 block of W. Katella Avenue in the city of Anaheim. At that point, OCATT Detectives — assisted by Anaheim marked units and Air Angel flight officers — converged upon the vehicle and arrested the suspect without further incident. The undamaged RAV4 was processed for physical evidence at the scene and released to the owner. The suspect was booked for vehicle theft related charges as well as outstanding felony warrants for drug charges.