LoJack System Helps Chandler Police Department Recover Stolen Toyota RAV4 within Minutes of Activation

  • March 18, 2019
  • Law Enforcement

The owners of a 2011 Toyota RAV4 contacted the Chandler Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen sometime over night from the garage of their residence.  The owners advised that they forgot to shut the garage and that left a set of keys in the vehicle. The Chandler 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.

Four minutes later, officers from the Phoenix 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 officers tracked the vehicle to the area of 26th Street and South Mountain Avenue in Phoenix. 

The Phoenix Police Department officers determined that the stolen Toyota was in the backyard area of a large residential and horse property.  Chandler Police Department auto theft detectives were contacted and responded to the scene.  Both agencies worked together and made contact at the residence.  The property owner gave consent to search the property for the stolen Toyota.  The Toyota RAV4 was located in the rear of the property next to old stables and corrals.  The rear building was recently rented by two male subjects that were not present at the time.  The Chandler Police Department detectives recovered the stolen Toyota and processed the vehicle for evidence.  The vehicle was later returned to the owners in good condition.  The property owner provided suspect information to the police.  The Chandler Police Department auto theft detectives are conducting follow up investigation and charges are pending.  

The LoJack® System was installed in the Toyota RAV4 in February 2001, at Earnhardt Toyota/Scion, Mesa, Arizona.