The owners of a 2010 Toyota Camry contacted the Columbus Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen overnight from their residence.
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.
Minutes later a sergeant from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Vehicle Theft Unit (VTU) in Columbus 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 sergeant determined that the stolen Toyota was mobile. Additional troopers responded and working together they tracked the Toyota to a residential area and conducted a felony stop.
The operator was arrested. Because of the quick recovery the stolen Toyota had no damage and the suspect was unable to use it to commit additional crimes. The stolen Toyota was impounded and later returned to the owners. This matter is to be further investigated by the Ohio State Highway Patrol VTU Columbus.
The LoJack® System was pre-installed in the Toyota Camry in October 2009 at Toyota of Hackensack in New Jersey.