LAPD Officers Arrest Parolee for Theft of Toyota Camry Following High-Speed Chase, Crash

  • August 8, 2012
  • recovery stories

On July 11, 2012, the owner of a 2004 Toyota Camry contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Industry Station to report that her vehicle had been stolen from a lube business while she waited in a customer lounge. Apparently, the employees had left the keys in the vehicle.

LASD Industry deputies verified the theft and entered the Toyota’s information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.

Less than an hour later, officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Station were notified by Central Division officers that they were picking up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Toyota on the LoJack Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles. The The Hollenbeck officers responded, picked up the silent signal, and requested air support from Air-16. Flight officers directed ground units to the area of Cesar Chavez and Rowan, where they located the vehicle exiting a parking lot.

Officers closely followed the moving vehicle as it began running through stop signs; they soon initiated a vehicle pursuit. The stolen vehicle exited the I-10 Freeway and sped up to over 100 MPH. As the vehicle reached Del Mar Avenue, the suspect lost control of the vehicle, crashing through a sign and ending up on a city street. Officers and detectives extracted the suspect from the vehicle and had paramedics check the suspect’s condition; when it was determined that she was not seriously hurt, she was arrested and transported back to Hollenbeck Station. Later investigation revealed that the suspect was a Parolee at Large. She was booked for Grand Theft, Felony Evading and Parole Violation.    

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Toyota Camry in October of 2004.