LoJack Helps Anaheim Police Recover Stolen Toyota Yaris, Arrest 4 Suspects for Theft, Gang Ties

  • December 1, 2012
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On November 18, 2012, the owner of a 2007 Toyota Yaris contacted the Anaheim Police Department to report her vehicle stolen.  The victim informed the officers that she had left the engine running and the doors unlocked as she was retrieving laundry.

Anaheim 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.

Minutes later,  Anaheim Police Department ground units picked up the Toyota’s silent LoJack signal in the area of State College and the 91 Freeway.  A canine officer equipped with a LoJack tracking system began tracking the Toyota, and within 2 minutes, located it on a cul de sac in the 1200 block of N. Kenwood Place.  As the officer approached the vehicle, he observed one male in the driver’s seat and a female talking to him at the driver’s door. At this time, additional units responded as the canine officer detained the driver at gun point.  With backup in place, the officer took the driver into custody without further incident. The female and two other women were detained and later charged with interfering with a police officer. The suspect was transported to the Anaheim jail and later booked for Driving Without Owner’s Consent, as well as gang involvement. The undamaged vehicle, valued at $9,675, was later released to the victim.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Toyota Yaris at Miller Toyota Anaheim on December 4, 2006.