LoJack Helps NYPD Officers Recover Stolen Toyota Camry, Ransacked, but Without Damage

  • January 3, 2013
  • recovery stories

On December 13, 2012, the owner of a 2002 Toyota Camry contacted the New York Police Department’s 105th Precinct in Rosedale, Queens to report the vehicle stolen. According to the owner, he had parked his vehicle in front of his home, and when he returned for it the following morning, he discovered it missing. He concluded that he either left his keys in the vehicle, or dropped them on the sidewalk.

NYPD officers verified the theft and had the Toyota’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.

A short while later, officers from the Queens South Auto Larceny Unit picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen Lexus on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicle. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the officers tracked the vehicle to through various streets in the 105 precinct, eventually locating the vehicle on the border of Nassau County. They decided to stake the vehicle out, but after a short while with no activity around the vehicle, they took it into custody.

The interior of the vehicle had been ransacked, but otherwise was in excellent condition, without any damage. The vehicle keys were lying on the front seat. The owner was notified, and was elated to learn that his vehicle was recovered so quickly, especially with no damage.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Toyota Camry at Tempe Toyota in Tempe, Arizona on October 2, 2002.