LAPD Air & Ground Units Using LoJack Locate Stolen Toyota Camry, Arrest Suspect

  • July 17, 2012
  • recovery stories
On June 24, 2012, the owners of a 2002 Toyota Camry contacted the Long Beach Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen. LBPD verified the theft and entered the vehicle’s information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Toyota.

Minutes later, officers from LAPD’s Van Nuys Division, along with LAPD’s “Air 10” helicopter, picked up the silent LoJack homing signal 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 officers tracked the vehicle to a restaurant in the area of Fulton Street and Ventura Blvd. Officers located the vehicle, which was parked, and unattended in a lot. The parking lot attendant advised the officers that the person who parked the vehicle was inside of the restaurant. The officers waited outside for the suspect to return to the vehicle. The suspect exited the restaurant and walked toward the vehicle. The suspect was identified by the parking lot attendant, and was in possession of the keys to the stolen vehicle. The suspect was taken into custody for auto theft related charges without incident. The vehicle was recovered undamaged and impounded for safekeeping. Value of this recovery is $8,550.00.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in this vehicle on July 30, 2002 at Worthington Ford, in the City of Long Beach.