The owner of a 2005 Toyota Corolla contacted the Lake Villa Police Department to report that someone had stolen his Toyota from the 1100 block of Pine Tree Court in Lake Villa, a far north suburb of Chicago in Lake County. The victim stated his son had left the keys in the Toyota with the doors open. The Lake Villa 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.
Shortly after the Toyota was activated a Grays Lake squad car observed the stolen vehicle west bound on US Route 120. The Toyota refused to stop and fled away at high speed making good their escape. Shortly after a vehicle equipped with a LoJack Police Tracking Computer picked up the silent and directional signal from the stolen LoJack near its last known location. Following the signal from the stolen Toyota it was tracked to the a skate park parking lot located on the 2400 block of Orchard Lane in Round Beach. The Lake Villa PD recovered and processed the stolen Toyota on scene. Evidence was recovered from the Toyota and inventoried for analysis in an attempt to identify the offender(s). Police investigation continues. The Toyota was returned to its owner on scene.
Due to LoJack the owner of this Toyota had his vehicle recovered undamaged shortly after it was stolen, before it could be stripped, cloned, or used in a crime.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Toyota Corolla in June 2005 at Claremont Toyota in California.