LAPD Officers Use LoJack to Recover Stolen Toyota Yaris — Suspect Arrested After Fleeing on Foot

  • October 29, 2012
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On October 3, 2012, the owners of 2009 Toyota Yaris contacted the Los Angeles Police Department’s Mission Division to report the vehicle stolen.

LAPD 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.

A short while later, TRAP West Detectives received”LoJack” activation in their office of a 2009 Toyota Yaris. Detectives responded to the field, tracked and located the stolen vehicle in the area of Halbrent Avenue and Mayall Street. The detectives took over the investigation from LAPD Mission Patrol officers, who were at the location, and had also tracked the vehicle. Approximately five minutes after the detective’s arrival, patrol officers observed a suspect running westbound across Sepulveda Boulevard, away from the area. Since the suspect was near the area of the stolen vehicle, they contacted the original patrol officers at scene, who identified him as the person they observed sitting at the open garage door near the stolen vehicle.  The detectives located two witnesses who were able to positively identify the suspect as the person who was driving the stolen vehicle. The suspect was taken into custody for auto theft-related charges.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in this vehicle on November 8, 2008 at Hamer Toyota, in the City of Mission Hills. Value of this recovery is $12,200.