The owner of a 2008 Toyota Corolla 4-door sedan discovered their car missing from their home. They contacted the Broward County Sheriff’s Office to report their vehicle 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 Fort Lauderdale Police Department officer picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Corolla 4-door sedan on their on-board LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC) at I-95 and W Broward Blvd. The officer began tracking the stolen Toyota by following the directional and audible cues on the PTC screen. It led them to a fast food restaurant in the 2400 block of Sunrise Boulevard. At the point the officer saw the stolen Toyota exiting the restaurant parking lot. Officers on the same radio frequency hearing that there was a stolen vehicle in the area were searching for it as well. One officer got behind the stolen Toyota and once confirmed that that was the stolen vehicle performed a “felony stop” on it in the 2500 block of NW 9th Court. The driver of the Toyota was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle. Upon being interviewed, the driver explained that they had “rented” the Toyota from someone in “the hood.” 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 2008 Toyota Corolla in February 2010 at Lipton Toyota in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.