The owners of a 2004 Toyota Tundra contacted the Merced Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from their residence during the night. The Merced PD 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.
Just 10 minutes after the Toyota was entered into the stolen vehicle system an officer from the Merced PD picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Toyota with the LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officer tracked the Toyota to a residential area in the 3100 block of Teak Street in Merced. The Toyota was found unoccupied and abandoned on the side of the road.
The Toyota was recovered intact and undamaged; it was released to the owner at the scene.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Toyota Tundra in January 2004 by Whittier Toyota in California.