East Baton Rouge Deputies Arrest Owner’s Family Member for Theft of Recovered Toyota Corolla

  • February 28, 2012
  • recovery stories

In early January 2012, the owner of a 2005 Toyota Corolla loaned his vehicle to a family member. but when it was not returned to him after several days, he reported the auto theft to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. After gathering all of the pertinent information, the agency entered the Corolla’s information into the nationwide law enforcement stolen vehicle computer system.  This routine action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.  Neither the owners nor law enforcement had to do anything else to activate the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery Network, because LoJack’s interface with law enforcement is both seamless and instantaneous. 

50 minutes later, a deputy with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office on patrol received the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Corolla on the LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC) installed in his patrol car. The deputy then queried the LoJack “Reply Code” appearing on the PTC display screen with the police stolen vehicle computer system and received confirmation that the signal was coming from the Corolla reported stolen minutes earlier. Following the directional and signal strength information on the PTC, the deputy located the Corolla, parked in an apartment complex. The Corolla was recovered in good shape and returned to the owner. The owner’s family member was arrested on charges related to auto theft. 

 The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Toyota Corolla at the owner’s request in July 2004.