ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Three people were arrested Tuesday after St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office investigators located a stolen Toyota sport utility vehicle in Fort Pierce using its LoJack vehicle tracking and recovery system, according to affidavits released Wednesday.
Deputies tracked the 2001 Toyota RAV4 SUV to an address in the 600 block of Holly Avenue in Fort Pierce. The Toyota was reported stolen Monday to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, and a St. Lucie sheriff's deputy patrolling South U.S. 1 at Glenview Avenue got a LoJack "hit" indicating a stolen vehicle was in the area.
LoJack is a system that allows law enforcement officials to track and recover stolen vehicles, according to the LoJack website. The LoJack unit is concealed in a vehicle by a technician and registered in a database.
If the vehicle is reported stolen, law enforcement computers send a radio signal to the vehicle, activating the hidden LoJack transmitter. Law enforcement officials can track the signal and find the vehicle.
Benjamin Robinson, 21, of the 3600 block of Southwest Masilunas Street in Port St. Lucie, was seen in the Toyota's driver's seat, while David Noguera, 19, of the 600 block of Southwest Fairview Avenue in Port St. Lucie, was seen near the front passenger door. Robinson had the key to the Toyota in his pocket.
Nicole Burdette, 20, of the 3600 block of Southwest Masilunas Street in Port St. Lucie, was in another vehicle with a small child.
Noguera told investigators Robinson picked him up and drove him there. Burdette, identified as Robinson's girlfriend and the mother of his child, said she went in the stolen vehicle and took a camera. The camera fell from her brassiere.
Investigators also found a front window broken at the Holly Avenue residence, and a chair was under the window.
Detectives learned the tenant was moving out and no one had permission to be inside or in the yard.
Robinson, Burdette and Noguera each were arrested on felony charges including grand theft of motor vehicle and burglary of an unoccupied dwelling while unarmed. Robinson also was arrested on a misdemeanor resist officer/obstruct without violence charge.
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