Sacramento Officers Using LoJack Recover Stolen Scion, Parked and Abandoned

  • July 1, 2012
  • recovery stories

On the afternoon of June 18, 2012, the owner of a 2008 Scion TC discovered his vehicle missing and contacted the California Highway Patrol office in Placerville to report the theft. CHP officers verified the theft and had the vehicle’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Scion.

The next afternoon, an officer assigned to the Sacramento County Auto Theft Task Force was returning from a warrant service in El Dorado County when he received the Scion’s silent homing signal on the LoJack Police Tracking Computer installed in his patrol vehicle. Following the directional and audible signals on the LoJack computers, the officers tracked the vehicle to a residential area in Cameron Park. There, the officer observed the Scion, parked and abandoned at the curb. The driver’s window was broken out, and a spare key appeared to be lying on the front seat.

The vehicle was towed and stored for safe keeping to be released to the owner later.