The owner of a 2000 Toyota Camry contacted the Miami-Dade Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen sometime during the night. The responding officer prepared a stolen vehicle report, theft affidavit and had the vehicle’s information entered into the state and federal crime information computers.
A short while later a Miami-Dade PD officer picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Camry using their on-board LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC). The officer began tracking the stolen Camry by following the directional and audible cues on their PTC screen. Simultaneously, officers from the Homestead Police Department were tracking the Camry as well. The Homestead PD detectives observed the Toyota south bound on the Florida Turnpike and was followed into Florida City. Upon one of the detectives activating their emergency lights and siren, the stolen Camry picked up speed. Soon the stolen Camry was facing head-on with a Homestead PD patrol car and officer, whereupon the subject exited the stolen vehicle and fled on foot into a heavily wooded area. A Homestead PD K-9 unit arrived and began to search for the suspect. The officer announced their presence numerous times that if they would not respond they would release the K-9 to find them. There was no response from the suspect and the K-9 was released. The K-9 located the suspect and grabbed their wrist, not letting go. Upon the suspect followed the orders of the officers, the K-9 released their grip on the suspect. The suspect was apprehended and arrested for Grand Theft Auto, Resisting Arrest, Driving with No Valid Driver’s License, Fleeing and Eluding a Police Officer and Assault on a Police Officer. The suspect was transported to the Homestead Hospital to seek medical attention for the dog bites before being transported to the Dade County Jail. The Camry was recovered, towed to the police impound yard for safekeeping and removed from state and federal crime information computer systems.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 2000 Toyota Camry in August 2000 by Kendall Toyota in Miami, Florida.