A Renton, WA resident awoke to find his 1995 Toyota truck had been stolen sometime overnight from the street in front of his residence. The victim was still in possession of the keys and the truck had been locked. The victim called Renton Police Department to report the theft. The theft was verified by the officer and the Toyota was entered stolen into the state and federal crime computers. This automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the vehicle which then emits a silent signal.
Within minutes of the theft report and LoJack activation, a Deputy with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department received a LoJack hit on his Police Tracking Computer (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Utilizing the audible and visual signals of the LoJack® PTC, the deputy was able to navigate and find the stolen Toyota at an apartment complex in the 10100 block of 138th St. S. in Tacoma, WA which is thirty-five miles away from the original theft. The Toyota was occupied by a white male in his thirties. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Pierce County jail for possession of a stolen vehicle and vehicle prowl. The truck was recovered undamaged; it was processed for evidence and turned over to an appreciative owner.
The total time elapsed from stolen vehicle entry to recovery and deactivation was only thirty-six minutes.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Toyota truck on January 27th, 1995 by Toyota of Whittier.