On Wednesday, February 6, 2013, the owner of a 2011 Toyota Camry contacted the Bensalem Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen. The vehicle owner called 911 and Bensalem Police Radio dispatched an officer to investigate the incident. The officer arrived on location, interviewed the victim and surveyed the area for the subject vehicle. When the vehicle could not be located, the assigned officer prepared a stolen vehicle report and had the vehicle’s information entered into the Pennsylvania State Police Computer, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the stolen Toyota.
A short while later, officers with the Philadelphia Police Department’s West Division picked up the Toyota’s silent LoJack homing signals on the LoJack Police Tracking Computers installed in their marked police vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the officers tracked the signal to the area of North Ruby Street. Two Philadelphia Police plain-clothes officers were in the area conducting an unrelated investigation and were monitoring Philadelphia Police West Band activity. These officers reported to Police Radio that they had the stolen Camry – occupied by two suspects – in plain view in the area of 200 N. Ruby Street. They were able to covertly approach the subject vehicle and take both suspects into custody.
The suspects were transported to Philadelphia Police Major Crimes Auto Squad HQ and Bensalem Police were notified regarding the circumstances. Investigators from the Bensalem Police Department were dispatched to Philadelphia Police Major Crimes HQ, where a joint investigation was conducted and arrest proceedings were initiated. The owner of the stolen Camry was notified that the vehicle could be claimed at Philadelphia Police Major Crimes Auto Squad HQ.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the 2011 Toyota Camry on August 9, 2010 at Faulkner Toyota in Trevose, Pennsylvania.