NYPD Officers Use LoJack to Recover Stolen Toyota Tacoma, Arrest One Suspect

  • November 4, 2012
  • recovery stories

On October 8, 2012, the owner of a 2006 Toyota Tacoma contacted the New York Police Department to report their vehicle was stolen while parked near their residence on 201st Street in the Bronx. NYPD’s 52nd Precinct verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers (NYSPIN/ NCIC), which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Chrysler.

A short while later, officers from NYPD’s Bronx Auto Larceny Unit 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 and located the unoccupied vehicle parked on 180th Street & Valentine Avenue in the confines of the Bronx’s 46th Precinct. The officers conducted surveillance on the Toyota; after a brief period, they observed a male entering the stolen vehicle. The officers surrounded the Toyota and immediately placed the suspect under arrest. The undamaged vehicle, along with a valet key, was impounded as arrest evidence and was later released to an extremely happy owner.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Toyota Tacoma on January 2, 2007 at Rt. 22 Toyota Inc., located in Hillside, New Jersey.