The Orange County Sheriff’s Office 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, deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office’s K-9 unit picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Honda on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the deputies tracked the vehicle to a public storage facility on Alafaya Trail in eastern Orange County.
Detectives from the Auto Theft Unit were contacted once the deputies determined that the Honda was inside one of the storage units. After identifying the renter of the unit and not being able to make contact with her, officers obtained a search warrant for the property. Once the unit was opened, the officers immediately recovered the vehicle. After reviewing the information for the renter of the unit, detectives determined that the she was the mother of the Honda’s owner. Upon viewing the security camera tape from the storage facility, the detectives observed the Honda’s owner and her mother placing the car in the unit on June 12. When the detectives questioned the owner, she admitted to the “theft “and stated she needed the money to pay for repairs of the Honda.
The owner was arrested and charged with insurance fraud and two counts of filing false police reports.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Honda Accord in February of 1999 at Maroone Honda of Hollywood, Florida.
- filing false police reports
- Honda Accord
- Insurance fraud
- June 2012
- K-9 unit
- Maroone Honda
- Maroone Honda of Hollywood FL
- Orange County
- Orange County FL
- Orange County Sheriff's Office
- Orange County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit
- Orange County SO
- public storage facility
- search warrant
- stolen from apartment complex
- surveillance video
- tracked to storage facility