On the evening of May 27, 2012, the owner of a Honda Accord SE contacted the King County Sheriff’s Office to report the vehicle stolen from the 600 block of SW 155th Street in Burien. After verifying the theft, King County officers had the Honda’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.
The thief drove the car a few miles to a motel located in the 18900 block of 47th Avenue South in SeaTac – directly across the street from the SeaTac Police Department. A King County deputy leaving the police department received a strong LoJack signal transmitting from the Honda. He called unmarked units to the location, and the officers set up surveillance on the Honda. A short time later, they observed a suspect loading items into the Honda. An undercover detective approached him in the motel and took him into custody, along with another individual in the suspect’s room who had an outstanding warrant.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Honda Accord in March of 2004 when it was purchased as a used car.