The LoJack® System Helps Los Angeles County, California Taskforce for Regional Autotheft Prevention (TRAP) Recover Stolen Toyota Tacoma and Uncover Chop Shop

  • January 13, 2014
  • recovery stories

Early one Saturday morning, the California based owners of a Toyota Tacoma discovered their truck was missing. Thanks to the LoJack® system installed in the pickup, local law enforcement not only found the stolen vehicle but broke up a possible chop shop operation as well.

On December 21st, 2013 the owners of a Toyota Tacoma contacted local police to report their vehicle was stolen. Officers verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers. The LoJack unit concealed in the Tacoma, which was installed at Claremont Toyota in Claremont, CA, was then automatically activated.

A short time later, deputies with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Century Station picked up the homing signals from the stolen truck with the LoJack tracking computers installed in their patrol vehicles and aircraft.  The deputies tracked the vehicle to the city of Huntington Park and requested backup from the Los Angeles County Taskforce for Regional Autotheft Prevention (TRAP).  The TRAP team narrowed their search to a torque converter shop, where they found the Toyota as well as two special construction motorcycles, a personal watercraft and two possible VIN switched vehicles.  The officers also impounded six other possibly stolen vehicles. Two suspects were arrested, and the Tacoma was soon returned to its grateful owners.

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