Toyota RAV4 Stolen in Brevard County Recovered by St. Lucie Police Using LoJack, Suspects Arrested

  • December 6, 2012
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According to sources, on October 16, 2012, the owner of a 2001 Toyota RAV4 SUV contacted the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office to report that unknown person(s) had stolen the vehicle.

The responding officer verified the theft and had the Toyota’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine police procedure automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.

A short while later, a deputy with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen RAV4 on their on-board LoJack Police Tracking computer (PTC). Following the directional and audible cues on their PTC’s screen, the officer, along with their backup, located the occupied vehicle in the 600 block of Holly Avenue in Fort Pierce, Florida. The suspects were arrested for Grand Theft Auto, and Burglary. Another suspect had the charges of Resisting an Officer and Obstruction added.

The vehicle was recovered, towed to the police impound yard for safekeeping, and removed from the federal and state crime computer systems.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Toyota RAV4 SUV on November 7, 2005 at Expressway Toyota, Miami, Florida, and has been protecting it ever since.