The owners of a 2010 Toyota Prius contacted the South Pasadena Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen. Officers 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 Prius.
A short while later officers from Pasadena PD picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Toyota Prius 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 officers began tracking the vehicle. At the same time, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Air-8 Flight Deputies contacted the unit and advised they were also tracking the vehicle. Air-8 advised the officers that the vehicle was located on Locust St making a U-turn, and further advised that a female driver had just exited the vehicle. The Pasadena officers observed a female and via description from Air-8, detained her.
In addition there were two passengers, a female and a male who were also detained. The investigation led to the arrest of the first female who was booked for the theft of the vehicle. Also the second female had outstanding warrants and she was booked for the warrants. The male passenger was released at the scene.
The vehicle was later released to the owner undamaged.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Toyota Prius at Toyota of Santa Monica in July 2009.