Florida Officers Using LoJack Recover Stolen Toyota Corolla in Wooded Area, Only Minor Damage

  • July 1, 2012
  • recovery stories

On May 24, 2012, the owner of a 2005 Toyota Corolla contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to report that their vehicle had been stolen from the parking lot of their apartment complex out of the UCF area of the county. Orange County deputies verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Toyota.

A short while later, troopers from Florida Highway Patrol picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Toyota on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the troopers tracked the vehicle to a wooded area behind an apartment complex in Seminole County.

The Toyota was parked in the wooded area just off of a footpath. The car had a broken window and ignition damage from the theft, but no other new damage. The Toyota was processed for evidence to no avail, as it appeared to have been sprayed down with oil. The Toyota was towed to an impound yard and the happy owner was notified.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Toyota Corolla in May of 2005 at Al Hendrickson Toyota in Florida.