LoJack Aids Simi Valley Police in Recovery of Stolen Toyota Camry, Suspect Arrested After Chase

  • August 8, 2012
  • recovery stories

On July 13, 2012, the owners of a 2001 Toyota Camry contacted the Los Angeles Police Department’s Devonshire Division to report the vehicle stolen. LAPD officers 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 and deputies from both the LAPD and LASD picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen Toyota on the LoJack Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the officers began tracking the vehicle near Reseda Blvd and the 118 freeway. LAPD “Air 16” flight officers responded and followed the signal into Ventura County, where they contacted the Simi Valley Police Department, whose officers were also tracking the stolen vehicle.

When the Toyota exited the freeway, Simi Valley officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the suspect failed to comply and a vehicle pursuit ensued. The vehicle stopped in the area of Los Angeles Avenue and Ralston Street, where the suspect jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot. With the assistance of “Air 16”, the suspect was located in the 4700 block of Industrial Street. Simi Valley patrol officers took the suspect into custody for probation violation, and possession of burglary tools without further incident. The vehicle was recovered and impounded for safekeeping.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in this vehicle in March of 2004 at Car Max in the city of Inglewood, CA. The value of this recovery is $7,000.