The owner of this Toyota Sienna contacted the Bell Police Department and reported that their vehicle had been stolen. The officers verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Toyota.
Within less than 30 minutes from the activation, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Air-7 flight deputies picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Toyota with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers tracked the Toyota to the city of Commerce, area of Elm Street and Vail Avenue. The air unit advised ground units that the Toyota was possibly to the rear of a complex in the 2900 block of Vale Ave. Deputies arrived to that area and spotted three vehicles parked to the rear. They made contact with two individuals who were sleeping in a Mazda pick-up truck with a camper shell. These two individuals were contacted and identified. Deputies questioned the individuals and received conflicting stories. The female subject was advised of her rights and finally she admitted driving the stolen Toyota from a store where she had purchased items using the victim’s stolen credit card. A purse belonging to the suspect was inside the Toyota and contained personal property from the victim as well as the keys to the Toyota. She was later booked on felony charges. The male subject was arrested for being in possession of a loaded hand gun.
The LoJack® Stolen Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Toyota Sienna in September 1997.