The owners of a 2005 Toyota Tacoma were victims of a “Home Invasion, Kidnap for Ransom and Car Jack.” When the opportunity presented itself, they contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to report that their Toyota was stolen as well as the other crimes. Deputies verified the crimes and theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Toyota Tacoma.
A short while later a Sergeant from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department 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, he tracked the Toyota to the 2900 block of N. Vermont St in San Bernardino, California .Upon arrival he noticed the stolen Toyota parked in the driveway of a residence, then observed a female standing near the open passenger door. He observed a male crouched down by the driver’s side at which point, both fled from the scene. Assisting units responded to the area, cordoned off the area and the female and a male who was in the rear seat of the stolen Tacoma were taken into custody. An area search for the male who ran resulted in locating him hiding in a closet of an abandoned nearby residence.
The LASD detectives were notified and requested that all three suspects be transported to their facility for further investigation. According to the handling detective, he was able to file Felony charges of Home Invasion, Kidnap for Ransom and Car Jack; which if the three are convicted will give them “Life without Parole.”
The LoJack® System was installed in the Toyota Tacoma in May 2004 at Puente Hills Toyota in La Puente, California.