Long Beach Police Stop Stolen Honda Civic, Arrest 2 in Midst of Stolen Vehicle Contest

  • July 22, 2012
  • recovery stories
On June 21, 2012, the owner of Honda Civic reported that his vehicle was stolen from his residence in Bakersfield. Bakersfield Police verified the theft and entered the vehicle’s information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Honda.

A short while later, an officer from the Long Beach Police Department picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Honda on the Police Tracking Computers installed in his patrol vehicle. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the officer observed the vehicle at Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Fe Avenue, with a female driver and a male passenger. When requested back-up units arrived, they conducted a high-risk traffic stop, taking both suspects into custody. The officer’s investigation revealed that the male suspect admitted to buying the vehicle from a friend for $25, knowing that it was stolen. The female driver also knew it was stolen. They told the officers that there is a “Blue Team” and “Red Team” in Bakersfield who are having a contest to see who can steal the most vehicles. Both suspects were arrested for Driving Without Owner’s Consent. Long Beach Detectives are conducting the follow-up investigation. The vehicle was recovered in good condition and is valued at $6,500.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the 1998 Honda Civic on December 1, 1998 at Honda of Hollywood, California.