LoJack Helps San Bernardino Deputies Recover Stolen RAV-4, Arrest One Suspect for Theft

  • November 26, 2012
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On October 16, 2012, the owner of a 2010 Toyota RAV-4 contacted the Los Angeles Police Department’s Van Nuys Division to report the vehicle stolen. The victim indicated that an acquaintance had taken the car without permission after partying all night.

LAPD verified the theft and entered the Honda’s information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.   

A short while later, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies, in the City of Victorville, picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen Toyota on the Police Tracking Computer installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computer, the deputies tracked the signal to an apartment complex in the 14000 block of Seneca Road.  

As the deputies were pinpointing the signal, a garage door opened, revealing the stolen vehicle, now occupied by the described suspect. He was taken into custody, and admitted taking the friend’s keys and car. He was arrested for Auto Theft and Possession of Stolen Property. The undamaged Toyota was towed and stored.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Toyota RAV-4 on June 22, 2010 at Toyota of North Hollywood, California.