Miami-Dade Officers Recover Stolen Toyota Tacoma Pickup Minutes After Theft is Reported

  • April 23, 2012
  • recovery stories

On Friday afternoon, February 3, 2012, the owner of a 2010 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck contacted the Doral Police Department to report the pickup truck stolen.

Upon arrival at the scene, the responding officer met with the owner of the Tacoma, who stated that sometime after lunch, someone had stolen the pickup truck from where the owner had parked it. The officer prepared a stolen vehicle report and had the vehicle’s information entered into the federal and state crime computers. This routine police procedure automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Toyota Tacoma.

Minutes later, a Miami-Dade Police Department Robbery Intervention Detail officer received the Toyota’s silent LoJack signal and began tracking it by following the directional and signal strength cues on his patrol car’s LoJack Police Tracking Computer. Shortly thereafter, the officer, along with backup, located the pickup truck in a parking lot in the 4800 block of Northwest 79th Avenue. The vehicle was recovered, towed to the police impound yard for safekeeping, and removed from police computer systems.

The LoJack Stolen Vehicle Police Recovery System was installed in this Toyota Tacoma pickup truck on February 18, 2010, and has been protecting it ever since.