Sacramento Deputies Use LoJack to Recover Toyota Prius Stolen on New Year’s Eve

  • January 18, 2013
  • recovery stories

On New Year’s Eve 2012, the owner of a 2007 Toyota Prius exited her residence to go work and discovered that her vehicle had been stolen from her driveway sometime during the previous night. The owner quickly contacted the California Highway Patrol to report the theft.

After verifying the theft, CHP officers entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Prius.

Less than five minutes later, investigators with the Sacramento Sheriff’s “ACE” auto theft task force picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Prius on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their undercover vehicles. Following the directional and signal strength cues on the LoJack computers, the investigators located the Prius, parked and abandoned on a residential street near Elverta Road and 28th Street. The vehicle had a damaged ignition, but was otherwise in great condition.

 The victim was contacted and responded to take possession of her car. The approximate value of the 2007 Toyota Prius is $15,000.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Toyota Prius in June of 2007 at Roseville Toyota.