The owners of a 2001 Toyota Corolla contacted the Columbus Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from their residence overnight.
The Columbus 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.
A short while troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Vehicle Theft Unit (VTU) picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Toyota with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the troopers tracked the Toyota to a remote street in a residential area. It appeared that the suspects had parked the Toyota there to “cool off.”
Surveillance was established and after some time the investigators decided to discontinue. Because of the quick recovery the suspects did not have enough time to strip the stolen Toyota or use it to commit additional crimes. The stolen Toyota was impounded and later returned to the owner. This matter is to be further investigated by the Ohio State Highway Patrol VTU.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Toyota Corolla in October 2000 at Toyota of South Florida in Doral.