LoJack System Helps the Union County Sheriff’s Office Recover Stolen Toyota Tacoma Pick-Up Truck

  • December 21, 2018
  • Law Enforcement

In December 2018, the owner of a 1995 Toyota Tacoma contacted the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, Lancaster, SC and reported the truck stolen.  The owner advised the truck may have been taken by one of several people who were visiting his residence.  The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office 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.

After the Toyota was entered into the National Crime Computer Data Base, a Deputy with the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe, NC that is equipped with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft, picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Tacoma truck.  Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the deputy tracked the Toyota to a large house that was divided up into separate apartments.  The Deputy canvassed the apartments and was given information from one of the tenants that there were a group of boys that showed up in the truck and that they were also driving a tan in color Mazda that was not at the apartments.  The Deputy set up surveillance and observed the group of young men pull up in the Mazda that was described by the neighbors.  The Deputy detained the subjects and located the key to the stolen Toyota Tacoma in the pocket of one of the suspects.  After further investigation, the owner of the vehicle gave conflicting information about how the Toyota was stolen and decided not to prosecute the suspect that was found with the key.  However, it was determined that the suspect  had an outstanding warrant for his arrest in an unrelated matter and was subsequently arrested and taken into custody.  The Toyota Tacoma was towed to be returned to the owner.

The LoJack® System was installed in the Toyota Tacoma in October 1995 at Boch Toyota in Norwood, MA