A friend of the owner of a 2015 Toyota Camry 4-door sedan met a “friend” at a fast food restaurant. The “friend” explained that all they wanted to do was “chill,” so the owner’s friend began driving towards their home. The owner’s friend stopped at a convenience store to pick up a drink. The owner’s friend turned off the Toyota but left the key in the ignition, exited the vehicle and walked towards the store. At that point, the “friend” went from the front passenger seat to the driver’s seat, started the Toyota and drove off. The owner’s friend contacted the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the owner, who responded to the scene of the theft so that the Toyota could be reported stolen. The responding deputy prepared a stolen vehicle report, theft affidavit and had the vehicle’s information entered into the state and federal crime information computers.
Immediately upon activation, while on routine patrol, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office K-9 deputy picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Camry on their on-board LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC). The deputy began tracking the stolen Toyota by following the directional and audible cues on the PTC screen. The deputy requested assistance from Eagle 3 (PBSO’s helicopter). Eagle 3 observed the stolen Toyota north of Melaleuca Lane and west of Haverhill Road. The deputy, along with their backup, observed the stolen Toyota and performed a “felony stop” on the vehicle near Ginger Way and Roberts Way in unincorporated Lake Worth. The deputies apprehended the “friend” until the reporting deputy arrived. The reporting deputy began to interview the “friend” who began explaining what occurred. The tale that she told was one that could not believe, since evidence could not corroborate what she was telling. The “friend” was arrested and transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center. The “friend” was charged with Grand Theft Auto and driving without a driver’s license. The Toyota 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 2015 Toyota Camry in March 2015 at Royal Palm Toyota in Royal Palm Beach, Florida.