Oxnard Police Recover Stolen Toyota Solara, Arrest Suspect Found Hiding in Nearby Yard

  • August 8, 2012
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On June 28, 2012, the owners of a Toyota Solara contacted the Oxnard Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen. Oxnard 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 from the Oxnard Police Department and Detectives from the California Highway Patrol’s VenCATT 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 officers located the stolen vehicle in the 100 block of Grant Avenue, in the City of Oxnard. The detectives set up a perimeter, and approximately 20 minutes later, a suspect entered the vehicle and proceeded to drive away. Patrol units were summoned, who immediately responded and conducted a traffic stop. The suspect exited the vehicle and made a quick dash on foot into a nearby yard. Oxnard Police units searched the area and located the suspect hiding in a yard; he was arrested for auto theft-related charges without incident.  The vehicle was recovered and impounded for safe keeping.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in this vehicle at Hamer Toyota, in the City of Mission Hills. The value of this recovery is $6,175.