Honda Accord Stolen in Armed Carjacking Recovered by Broward County Officers Using LoJack

  • September 21, 2012
  • recovery stories

On Saturday morning, April 7, 2012, the owner of a 2001 Honda Accord was sitting in his car in the parking lot of his apartment complex, having a bite to eat, when two masked suspects approached him. One was brandishing a semi-automatic pistol and the other a bottle of pepper spray. The suspects demanded the owner’s wallet, which he relinquished. When the owner got out of his vehicle, the two subjects climbed in and fled northbound, with the owner running after his car. When the owner reached University Drive and 44th Street, he stopped a passerby, who called the police. The responding Sunrise Police Department officer prepared a stolen vehicle report and theft affidavit and had the Honda’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine police procedure automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Honda.

A short while later, officers from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Sunrise Police Department and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen Honda on their on-board LoJack Police Tracking computers (PTCs). Following the directional and audible cues on their PTCs screen, a Broward County deputy, along with backup, located the Honda in the 7900 block of Hampton Boulevard in North Lauderdale. The vehicle was recovered, towed to the police impound yard for safekeeping, and removed from federal and state crime computer systems.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Honda Accord on March 19, 2001 at Maroone Honda of Hollywood and has been protecting it ever since.