LoJack Early Warning Helps Louisiana State Patrol Quickly Recover Stolen Toyota Corolla

  • October 8, 2012
  • recovery stories

On the night of August 5, 2012, the owner of a 2012 Toyota Corolla parked her new vehicle in front of her home in the Holy Cross neighborhood. The following morning, she was awakened by a phone call, which turned out to be an Early Warning Alert from LoJack. The system advised the owner that her vehicle may have been moved without her authorization. When she looked outside her home, she discovered the vehicle missing and immediately contacted the New Orleans Police Department to report the Corolla stolen.

New Orleans Police verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the 2012 Toyota Corolla.

Minutes later, officers on patrol from the Louisiana State Police 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 tracked the vehicle to the 9th Ward, off of Florida Avenue. They located the vehicle, parked in the middle of a weeded lot with a flat tire.  

The officers called the owner, who arrived at the scene and was reunited with her Toyota Corolla, which was undamaged, aside from the flat tire. Police are continuing the investigation to identify the thief, using evidence recovered in the vehicle.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the 2012 Toyota Corolla in June of 2012 at Lakeside Toyota in Metairie, Louisiana.