Toyota Camry Stolen in CO Recovered by Los Angeles Police Using LoJack, Suspect Arrested

  • December 10, 2012
  • recovery stories

On November 30, 2012, the owner of a 2001 Toyota Camry contacted the Colorado State Police to report that the vehicle was stolen from the street in Craig, Colorado.

Colorado State 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, deputies with the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department South LA Station picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Toyota on the Police Tracking Computer installed in their patrol vehicle. The deputies realized that the stolen vehicle was the same vehicle they had stopped twenty minutes earlier for reckless driving. At that time, the vehicle was not yet in the system as reported stolen, so the officers obtained the driver’s information and released him. At the time the deputies received the LoJack signal, they were also advised that the vehicle they had stopped was a Colorado State Police stolen with a named suspect. They realized that the person they had questioned and released was the named suspect.  Utilizing the LoJack signal, they tracked the vehicle back to a hotel where the suspect was staying, and arrested him for Grand Theft Auto.  South LA Station Detectives, along with the Colorado State Police, are conducting the follow-up investigation.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Toyota Camry on December, 2000 at Mike Calvert Toyota.