The owner of a 2001 Toyota Camry contacted the Baltimore County Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from in front of a home in the area of Tent Mill Lane in Pikesville, Maryland. The Baltimore County PD Radio dispatched an officer from the 4th district to investigate the incident. The officer quickly arrived on location, interviewed the complainant and surveyed the area for the Toyota. When the officer was unable to locate the Toyota a stolen vehicle report was prepared. The officer then arranged for the stolen vehicle information to be entered into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Toyota.
Investigation on scene by officers determined that the Toyota was stolen after it was left unattended with the keys in the ignition while the driver/owner was completing a food delivery at the location.
A short while later, detectives from the Regional Auto Theft Team picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Toyota with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in their patrol vehicles and helicopters. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC the detectives tracked the Toyota to the area of 5200 Baltimore National Pike in the Woodlawn area of Baltimore County, Maryland. At this location, the detectives observed the Toyota parked and unoccupied. Detectives then began covert surveillance on the Toyota which resulted in the theft suspect returning to the vehicle and attempting to leave the area. The Toyota was stopped and the suspect arrested.
Investigation has identified this suspect in one armed carjacking from the area of theft and the investigation is ongoing into several others that have occurred recently in that area. The Toyota was recovered by detectives and the owner notified.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 2001 Toyota Camry in January 2001 at Russel Toyota in Owings Mills, Maryland.