“Stolen” Toyota Yaris Tracked to Impound Yard by Miami-Dade Police Using LoJack

  • September 2, 2012
  • recovery stories

On Tuesday morning, July 31, 2012, the owner of a 2007 Toyota Yaris contacted the North Miami Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from the 400 block of N.W. 135th Street, North Miami, Florida, where it was left due to mechanical problems. North Miami officers verified the theft and had the Toyota’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.

A short while later, an officer with the Miami-Dade Police Department picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen Yaris on his on-board LoJack Police Tracking computer (PTC). Following the directional and audible cues on the PTC, the officer, along with backup, located the vehicle in a police impound yard in North Miami Beach. It was at that time that officers learned that the disabled vehicle was towed because it had a 3-day Abandoned Vehicle Notice issued to it, and the time had expired. The vehicle was recovered, held at the tow yard and removed from federal and state crime computer systems.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the 2007 Toyota Yaris on September 26, 2006 at Toyota of Dartmouth in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and has been protecting it ever since.