CHP Officers Arrest Suspect in the Process of Dismantling a Stolen Acura Legend

  • June 26, 2012
  • recovery stories

On the morning of May 29, 2012, the owner of an Acura Legend contacted the Modesto Police Department to report the vehicle stolen. Apparently, when the victim went to go to work that morning, he discovered the vehicle missing from where he had parked the previous night. After verifying the theft, Modesto officers had the Acura’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers, which activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.

Minutes later, an officer with the California Highway Patrol began to receive the Acura’s silent LoJack signal on the LoJack Police Tracking Computer installed in his police vehicle. Following the directional and audible signal on the LoJack Tracker, the officer tracked the vehicle to a residential area in North Modesto. The officer contacted the Delta RATT auto theft task force, who responded to the scene and established surveillance on the vehicle, in the hopes of catching the thief.

A short time later, a male suspect walked up to the Acura and began to remove the stereo speakers from the door of the vehicle. As investigators approached the vehicle, the suspect fled on foot; after a brief scuffle, the suspect was taken into custody. He was booked for auto theft, receiving stolen property, and resisting arrest. The suspect was on probation for burglary, and assault.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Acura Legend more than twenty years ago by a previous owner. The current owner had no idea that the vehicle was equipped with LoJack, but was very happy that it was.