Santa Barbara Deputies Use LoJack to Recover Stolen Toyota Corolla, Arrest 2 for Theft, Drugs

  • November 18, 2012
  • recovery stories

On November 5, 2012, the owners of a 2003 Toyota Corolla contacted the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department to report the vehicle stolen.  

Ventura County Sheriff’s Department 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 later, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s patrol deputies picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen Toyota on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol units. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computer, the deputies tracked and located the vehicle in a parking lot in the 150 Block of North Fair View Avenue in Goleta. Two suspects were inside the vehicle. The deputies conducted an investigation at the location and took both suspects into custody for auto theft, stolen property, and drug related charges without incident.

The vehicle, valued at $8,000, was recovered and impounded for safekeeping.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Toyota Corolla on November 26, 2002 at North Hollywood Toyota.