NYPD Auto Crime Division Recovers Stolen 2012 Toyota Highlander in Three Hours, 22 Minutes with Help from the LoJack® System

  • March 17, 2014
  • recovery stories

A public school teacher in upper Manhattan, NY learned a lesson on a recent Monday- don’t leave your purse unguarded in the classroom. A thief took not only her hard earned money but her car keys as well, and then headed out to the parking lot to drive away in her 2012 Toyota Highlander. This educator did make a smart move when she purchased her SUV- she had the LoJack® system installed. With LoJack’s help, local law enforcement recovered the vehicle in less than three and a half hours after activation.

On March 10th, 2014, the Toyota’s owner contacted the NYPD 23rd Precinct to report the crime. Officers verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the NYSPIN and NCIC state and federal crime computers. The LoJack transponder concealed in the Highlander, which was installed at Hudson Toyota in Jersey City, NJ, was then automatically activated.

A short time later, detectives assigned to NYPD’s Auto Crime Division picked up the homing signals from the stolen car on the LoJack tracking computers installed in their unmarked patrol vehicle. The detectives located the Toyota parked and unoccupied in a NYC Housing Authority parking lot. After a brief surveillance, the Highlander was retrieved and soon returned to its happy owner.

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