On October 13, 2012, the owner of a 2008 Toyota RAV contacted the Garden Grove Police Department to report that his vehicle had been stolen.
Garden Grove Police 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 time after the LoJack activation, Garden Grove officers picked up the Toyota’s silent LoJack homing signal on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and signal strength cues on the LoJack computers, the officers tracked the RAV4 to a residence in the 11000 block of Clarissa. The officers set up surveillance on the vehicle, and notified Dispatch of their find. They then learned that the daughter of the owner had taken the vehicle without permission.
Officers approached the residence and made contact with one of the residents. They obtained permission to search the location and spoke with a male subject, who apparently lied to them. The female subject – the daughter of the owner – was located, and detained. The owner of the RAV4 responded to the scene and took possession of his vehicle. The female suspect was later released to her father, pending further investigation. The male suspect was arrested and later booked. The total value of the recovery is $ 18,325.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Toyota RAV4 at Toyota of Garden Grove.