Fresno Police Use LoJack to Recover Stolen Honda Pilot, Suspect ID’d, Currently Sought

  • November 14, 2012
  • recovery stories

On October 11, 2012 the owner of a 2007 Honda Pilot contacted the Fresno Police Department to report that the vehicle had been stolen from in front of his residence. The Fresno Police Department verified the theft and entered the Honda’s information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.

The following morning, an investigator from Fresno HEAT, the Fresno County Auto Theft Task Force, picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Honda on the Police Tracking Computer installed in his undercover vehicle. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computer, the investigator tracked the vehicle to a residential area near Milburn and Harvard Avenues in northwest Fresno. The vehicle was found unoccupied and abandoned on the street. Investigators conducted a surveillance of the vehicle for several hours without success.

Through follow-up investigation, a suspect has been identified; he had used a credit card stolen from the victim’s car and was photographed by a video surveillance device. The suspect’s fingerprints were also found on the abandoned stolen vehicle. The suspect is currently being sought on charges of vehicle theft, possession of stolen property and credit card forgery.

The vehicle was recovered intact and undamaged; it was stored pending release to the owner.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the 2007 Honda Pilot at Carson Honda inCarson,California in April of 2007. This vehicle is valued at $18,700.