On December 11, 2012, the owner of a Toyota Corolla contacted the Suffolk County Police Department’s 3rd Precinct to report that his vehicle was stolen in Brentwood, Long Island. According to the owner, he had parked his vehicle in front of his house, but when he returned the next day, he discovered it missing.
Suffolk County Police verified the theft and had the Toyota’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Toyota Corolla.
A short while later, officers from the Suffolk County Police Department’s 3rd and 4th Precincts picked up the silent LoJack homing signals on the Police Tracking Computers (PTCs) installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and signal strength cues from the PTCs, the officers tracked the vehicle through several streets in Central Islip, eventually catching up to the vehicle and pulling it over without incident. All of the suspects in the vehicle were placed under arrest for Possession of Stolen Property and Grand Larceny Auto. Inspection of the vehicle revealed that the suspect had a key which was filed down, and was used to facilitate the theft of the vehicle
The Toyota was recovered in excellent condition, without any damage. The owner was notified and was elated that his vehicle was recovered so quickly.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed at the owners request on February 6, 1998, at Five Towns Toyota in Nassau County, New York.
- 4 arrested
- 4 suspects arrested
- Brentwood Long Island
- Central Islip
- December 2012
- excellent condition
- Five Towns Toyota
- Five Towns Toyota Nassau County NY
- Grand Larceny Auto
- key filed down
- New York
- no damage
- Possession of Stolen Property
- shaved key
- Suffolk County
- Suffolk County NY
- Suffolk County Police Department
- Suffolk County Police Department's 3rd Precinct
- Suffolk County Police Department's 4th Precinct
- suspects arrested
- Toyota Corolla
- undamaged vehicle