Toyota Sienna Stolen in CO, Recovered by Nashville Police Using LoJack — Suspect Arrested

  • March 27, 2013
  • recovery stories

On February 8, 2013, the owners of a Toyota Sienna van contacted the Ault Police Department to report that their vehicle had been stolen by an acquaintance, who had borrowed the car four days earlier to run a short errand.  The acquaintance could not be located, and the car had not been returned.

Ault Police verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Toyota van.  LoJack is the only theft recovery system that is directly operated by law enforcement and this interface is seamless and instantaneous.

Three days later, officers with the Metro Nashville Police Department (1,221 miles east of Ault, Colorado) received the Sienna’s silent LoJack homing signal on the Police Tracking Computer (PTC) in stalled in their patrol car. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack PTCs, the officers tracked the vehicle to Air Lane Drive in Nashville, where the vehicle was located unoccupied.  A witness identified the two people who had just arrived in the van and both were safely taken into custody by officers.  One individual was positively identified as the acquaintance of the owner and was arrested for possession of a stolen motor vehicle.  He was also wanted on two outstanding warrants from Tennessee, one of which was for a prior stolen vehicle case.  The other person was determined only to have been a passenger in the car and was released.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Toyota Sienna in June of 2006 at the request of a previous owner of the van at Colorado Autotreck Inc. in Littleton, Colorado. The vehicle was valued at approximately $6,500.