The LoJack system on a Toyota Tacoma pickup stolen from Tacoma Tuesday morning automatically activated when police entered it into the state’s stolen vehicle database. The truck’s owner was unaware her vehicle was equipped with the vehicle recovery system, or just how useful it was going to be.
Many law enforcement vehicles have a LoJack receiver, notifying officers of a nearby activated LoJack system. The silent signal from the LoJack will transmit even if the vehicle is off, in a garage, or inside a building. This allows officers to track and recover the stolen vehicle.
A King County Sheriff’s Deputy was on routine patrol yesterday when his LoJack receiver alerted to an activated system. It was for the same Toyota Tacoma pickup. He tracked the signal to a home in the 33600 Block of 51st Ave S., just outside of Auburn in unincorporated King County. The deputy was able to see the suspected stolen truck over a fence at the home.
Two King County Sheriff’s Detectives applied for and received a warrant. Deputies executed the warrant late yesterday afternoon, locating the stolen truck. Four additional stolen vehicles were also located on the property. The stolen Toyota Tacoma was undamaged.
No arrests were made. The investigation is ongoing.
Sgt. Tim Meyer, King County Sheriff’s Office media relations officer, praised the collaborative work of the deputies and detectives involved. “They came with nothing and left with five cars.”