LoJack System Helps Phoenix Police Department Recover Stolen Toyota 4Runner SR5 within Minutes of Activation One in Custody

  • February 27, 2019
  • Law Enforcement

The owners of a 2003 Toyota 4Runner contacted the Phoenix Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen with the keys from the parking lot of a business.  The owner left the vehicle running with the keys in the ignition while inside the building. The Phoenix Police Department 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.

Seven minutes later troopers from the Arizona Highway Patrol and officers from the Phoenix Police Department and the Tolleson Police Department 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 and officers tracked the vehicle to 79th Avenue and McDowell Road, approximately seven miles from where it was stolen from. 

The Arizona Highway Patrol troopers located the stolen Toyota occupied on a side street.  The suspect was observed sleeping in the driver’s seat of the stolen vehicle.   The suspect was detained without incident and arrested by Phoenix Police Department officers for the theft of the vehicle. The Toyota was returned to the owners in good condition.  

The LoJack® System was installed in the Toyota 4Runner in March 2003, at Big Two Toyota-Scion of Chandler, Chandler, Arizona.