LoJack Helps Brockton Police Recover Toyota RAV4 Stolen from Braintree Repair Shop

  • March 7, 2013
  • recovery stories

On the morning of January 7, 2013, the owner of a 2006 Toyota Rav4 dropped the vehicle off at an auto body shop in Braintree, MA for repair work. Later that day, employees at the shop contacted the owner to inform him that the vehicle had been taken at some point during the day. The manager of the shop had contacted the Braintree Police Department to report the theft; the responding officer re-checked the lot with the manager and then took a stolen vehicle report and radioed in the vehicle information to the dispatch center.

The Braintree Police Department verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the 2006 Toyota Rav4.

A short while later, officers from the Brockton Police Department in the area of Warren Avenue began to pick up a strong LoJack homing signal from the stolen Toyota on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the officers quickly tracked and located the abandoned Toyota in the parking lot of Walgreen’s Pharmacy on Main Street. They did not observe any damage to the vehicle, and had the Toyota towed from the scene for safekeeping until police could notify the owner of the recovery. This stolen vehicle was recovered within 14 minutes of activation.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the 2006 Toyota RAV4 at the Copeland Toyota Dealership on January 26, 2006.