LoJack System Helps Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force Recover Stolen Toyota Sequoia within Minutes of Activation One in Custody

  • March 8, 2019
  • Law Enforcement

The owners of a 2004 Toyota Sequoia contacted the Tucson Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from their residence with the keys.  The owner left the vehicle running while they went back inside the residence to retrieve something that they forgotten. The Tucson 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.

Nine minutes later, deputies from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department and detectives from the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force 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 deputies and auto theft detectives tracked the vehicle to area of 12th Avenue and Drexel Road in Tucson. 

The auto theft detectives observed the stolen Toyota unoccupied in the parking lot of an apartment complex.   There were several subjects in the area, so auto theft detectives conducted surveillance on the vehicle.  A short time later a suspect got into the stolen Toyota and drove to another location where he was taken into custody without incident.  The suspect stated that he knew the vehicle was stolen, but was not the one that took it.  The suspect was arrested and booked.   The vehicle was recovered in good condition and returned to the owners. 

The LoJack® System was installed in the Toyota Sequoia in October 2004, at Precision Toyota of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona.