LoJack® System Helps Huntington Beach Police Department Recover Stolen Toyota 4Runner

  • January 21, 2016
  • recovery stories

The owners of a 2001 Toyota 4Runner contacted the Huntington Beach Police Department to report their vehicle was stolen.

The HBPD 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.

A short while later, Anaheim airship “Angel” 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, airship “Angel” tracked the Toyota to the area of Beach Blvd. and Edinger Ave. in the city of Huntington Beach.  Airship “Angel” notified the HBPD patrol officers of the LoJack tracking.  The HBPD patrol officers, also equipped with PTC’s, responded to the area and located the stolen Toyota traveling through a retail parking lot.  A felony vehicle stop was conducted and three subjects were detained in the stolen Toyota.  The driver was interviewed and claimed the front female passenger gave him the Toyota.  The front female passenger told the officers she and the driver were walking through an apartment complex during the night and found keys in an apartment complex door.  They proceeded to the apartment complex parking lot and found the keys belonged to the stolen Toyota.  They took the Toyota and were using it for transportation.  They claimed they were on their way back to the apartment complex to return the Toyota.  Both the driver and female passenger were found to be in possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia.  They were both arrested for the stolen Toyota and drug related charges.  The rear passenger was released at the scene. The owner of the Toyota was called to the scene and his undamaged vehicle was released to him.

The LoJack® System was installed in the Toyota 4Runner in July 2010 by Direct Sales in California.