The owner of a 2000 Toyota Corolla contacted the Broward County Sheriff’s Office to report their vehicle stolen from their home. The Broward County SO 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.
Later in the afternoon, a Fort Lauderdale Police Department officer picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Corolla on their on-board LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC). The officer began tracking the stolen Toyota by following the directional and audible cues on their PTC screen. Other officers from the Fort Lauderdale PD soon picked up the signal as well. The officers observed the Toyota waiting in line at a fast food restaurant at the corner of N.W. 31st Avenue and Commercial Boulevard. As soon as the suspect completed their purchase, the officer performed a “felony stop” in the parking lot of the fast food restaurant. After being read their Miranda Rights, the suspect admitted that he had purchased the stolen Toyota on a street corner from an unknown person for $400.00. As the Toyota was in Tamarac jurisdiction, the Broward County SO responded to continue the investigation. The suspect was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle. The Toyota was recovered, towed to the police impound yard for safekeeping, and removed from federal and state crime computer systems. It should be noted that this is the second time that this Toyota was stolen/recovered with the LoJack® System. The first time was in January 2004, in New York.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 2000 Toyota Corolla in January 2001 via New Jersey Direct Customer.