The owner of a
2010 Toyota Corolla contacted the Oakland Police Department to report their
vehicle stolen by carjacking. The owner advised they were approached by three
young males who stated they had a knife and demanded the victim’s car keys and
cash. The victim complied and the
suspects fled in the vehicle. The Oakland Police verified the theft and entered
the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which
automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed
in the 2010 Toyota Corolla.
A short while later an investigator assigned to the San Joaquin County Auto Theft Task Force (Delta RATT) was working in the city of Stockton, They were alerted to the stolen Toyota Corolla by means of the silent LoJack signal. The investigator then tracked stolen vehicle 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 stolen Toyota Corolla was located parked unoccupied, in a residential neighborhood in the 6800 block of Morgan Place. Surveillance was established on the vehicle and a short time later three persons, a male and two females, got into the stolen Toyota Corolla and drove away. Investigators followed the vehicle to a shopping center parking lot on East March Lane and when the vehicle parked, they were able to detain the three occupants. The two female passengers were determined to have no involvement in the stolen vehicle and were released. The driver, a sixteen year old juvenile, with a prior vehicle theft arrest history was taken into custody.
The stolen Toyota Corolla was recovered by the Delta RATT investigators and the vehicle was towed/stored for safe keeping to be returned to the owner.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 2010 Toyota Corolla in June 2010, at Rogers and Rogers Toyota, in Imperial, Ca.