The owners of a 2007 Toyota Prius contacted New Orleans Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from in front of the Uptown residence.
The owner informed the officers that early that morning they were unloading items from the Toyota and carrying them to the rear garage. Upon returning to the front of their home they discovered their Toyota to be stolen. They had left the Toyota unlocked and keys in the car so they could access the rear hatch easier.
The New Orleans 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.
A short while later officers from the New Orleans PD picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Prius with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers tracked the Toyota to Esplanade Ridge area of New Orleans. Officers found the stolen Toyota parked on the street in good condition. Because of the quick recovery the officers recovered the stolen Prius in great shape and were able to locate key evidence that may help them solve this auto theft.
The Toyota was placed in a storage yard until the owner could pick it up.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Toyota Prius in May 2007 at Toyota of New Orleans in Louisiana.