The owner of a 2009 Toyota Camry contacted the Durham Police Department, Durham, NC, to report that his vehicle had been stolen by an acquaintance. The victim reported that he allowed a female acquaintance to spend the night at his residence. He stated when he woke up the next morning, the acquaintance was gone and so was his wallet and vehicle. The Durham 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 Toyoya.
Inspectors from the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles License and Theft Bureau 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 Inspectors tracked the vehicle and located it in an apartment complex just a mile away from the victim’s residence. The Inspectors observed that the Toyota was occupied by a female driver that matched the description of the victim’s acquaintance. When the female driver of the Toyota saw law enforcement, she panicked and placed the vehicle in reverse, backing into several posts running over one of the posts and wedging the Toyota between an apartment building and the other post. The Inspectors blocked the Toyota in with their vehicles to prevent a pursuit and took the female into custody. A search of the vehicle incident to arrest revealed a quantity of heroin and needles. The female driver informed the Inspectors that she had just purchased the heroin but would not tell them which apartment the transaction occurred. The driver was arrested and charged with stealing the Toyota and being in possession of heroin.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Toyota in April 2008 at Route 1 Toyota, Avenel, NJ.