On November 22, 2012, the owner of a 2006 Lexus RX-3 contacted the Westminster Police to report that her vehicle had been stolen.
Westminster Police verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Lexus.
A short while later, officers from the Anaheim Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Lexus in the area of the 400 block of S. Brookhurst Avenue on the Police Tracking Computers in their patrol cars. After dispatchers broadcasted the vehicle description, the officers observed the vehicle traveling southbound on Gilbert towards Orange.
Officers followed the vehicle and as it neared the 800 block of S. Webster, they conducted a felony traffic stop. The driver yielded, and was detained without further incident. A field investigation revealed that the driver was the ex-boyfriend of the victim, and did have the right to drive the vehicle. Although he was not booked for vehicle theft, he was found to be in possession of a controlled substance, and was booked for drug-related charges.
The vehicle , valued at $24,275, was later returned to the owner undamaged.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Lexus RX-3 on November 4, 2010 at Car Max Irvine in Irvine, California.
- 2006 Lexus
- 2006 Lexus RX-3
- Anaheim CA
- Anaheim Police Department
- Car Max Irvine
- Car Max Irvine CA
- driver yielded
- drug-related charges
- felony traffic stop
- field investigation
- in possession of a controlled substance
- Lexus RX-3
- moving vehicle
- no damage
- November 2012
- possession of controlled substance
- suspect detained
- suspect had the right to drive car
- undamaged vehicle
- Westminster CA
- Westminster Police Department