The son of the owner of a 2015 Toyota Prius 4-door sedan drove their car into a gas station in the 1500 block of Sunrise Boulevard to get some gas for their car. The son parked the Toyota next to a gas pump, left the keys in it, with the engine running and went inside to make a purchase. The son came out of the store and observed the Toyota leaving the gas station property and going west on Sunrise Boulevard then south on I-95. They contacted the Fort Lauderdale Police Department to report their vehicle 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 Fort Lauderdale PD officer picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Prius on their on-board LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC). The officer began tracking the stolen Prius by following the directional and audible cues on the PTC screen. The officer, along with their backup, located the 4-door sedan abandoned near NW 4th Street and NW 30th Avenue with the key still in it. The Prius was recovered, released to the owner, who responded to the scene, and removed from state and federal crime information computer systems.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 2015 Toyota Prius in December 2015 at Lipton Toyota in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.