The owners of a 2003 Toyota Tundra contacted the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department East Valley Street Station to report that their vehicle was stolen. The Toyota was at a service garage.
Deputies 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.
Fourteen (14) minutes later, patrol officers from the Los Angeles Police Department West Valley Division picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Toyota with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers tracked the Toyota to area of the 7300 block of Etiwanda Ave. The officers observed the Toyota and conducted a traffic stop taking the suspect into custody for auto theft related charges without incident. The officers observed that the Toyota’s ignition had been punched.
The Toyota was impounded for safe keeping.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Toyota Tundra in August 2003 at Toyota of Hollywood in North Hollywood, California.