The owner of a 2010 Toyota Corolla 4-door sedan discovered their car missing from S.W. 3rd Avenue and S.W. 8th Street. They contacted the Miami Police Department to report their Toyota stolen. 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.
Later that morning, while on routine patrol, a Broward County Sheriff’s Office deputy picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Corolla on their on-board LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC). The officer began tracking the stolen Corolla by following the directional and audible cues on the PTC screen. The sergeant in the area requested the department’s aviation unit respond to the area for precautionary measures in the event that the Corolla became occupied and fled. The deputy narrowed down the location of the stolen Corolla but could not see it. The aviation unit on the scene searched the backyards of the area in question and located the Corolla behind a house in the 3500 block of S.W. 32nd Avenue, Pembroke Park. The deputy, along with their backup, began to interview the occupant of the house, when it was discovered that the “owner” had parked the car behind the house. The “owner” was contacted and responded to the scene. The “owner” failed to provide the keys to their car upon arrival. The car was recovered, towed to the police impound yard for safekeeping, and removed from state and federal crime information computer systems.
It should be noted that this Corolla was previously stolen in Orlando and successfully recovered with the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 2010 Toyota Corolla in October 2009 at Lipton Toyota in Oakland Park, Florida.