Relentless Car Thief Steals Same Pickup Twice in One Night — Arrested by Dallas Police

  • June 7, 2012
  • recovery stories

In mid-April 2012, the owner of a 2009 Toyota Tundra had the pickup broken into; however, at the time, he was unaware that his hidden truck key had been stolen. Then, in the early hours of April 30, 2012, the pickup truck was stolen. The LoJack transponder concealed inside the vehicle was activated, and the Farmers Branch Police Department quickly tracked and recovered the abandoned Tundra. The pickup was returned to the owner less than four hours later, and again, parked in the owner’s driveway.

When the owner awoke four hours later, he discovered that the Tundra had once again been stolen. Again, the owner reported the pickup stolen to the Dallas Police Department. After verifying the theft and completing a stolen vehicle report, the Dallas Police had the Tundra’s information entered into the state and federal crime computer databases. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder hidden within the vehicle, prompting it to emit a silent homing signal. Neither the owner nor law enforcement agents had to do anything else to activate the LoJack Vehicle Recovery Network, because LoJack’s interface with law enforcement is both seamless and instantaneous.

A short while later, officers with the Dallas Police Department picked up the Tundra’s silent homing signal on the LoJack Police Tracking Computers installed in their police vehicles. Following the directional cues on the computer, the officers tracked the Tundra to a restaurant parking lot, where they observed it leaving the parking lot and onto the street. When the officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver jumped out and fled on foot.  He was quickly apprehended and arrested.  The driver is a known burglar, who lives two houses away from the owner of the pickup. 

 The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Tundra at the previous owner’s request on April 30, 2009.