Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Use LoJack to Recover Stolen Acura Integra Being Stripped, One Arrested

  • December 5, 2012
  • recovery stories

On November 26, 2012, the owner of an Acura Integra contacted the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) to report that their vehicle was stolen from the ground level parking deck of the South Park Shopping Mall off of Sharon Road in Charlotte, North Carolina.

CMPD verified the theft and entered the Acura’s information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.

A short while later, officers from CMPD picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Acura on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the officers tracked the vehicle to the 2700 block of Eastway Drive, in northeast Charlotte.  Officers were led to a single family residence, where the stolen Acura was found parked behind the home.

Two suspects were observed working in and around the Acura: the suspects fled the scene, but were pursued and returned to the recovery site. The Acura was being stripped of parts. One of the suspects gave consent to the CMPD officers to search the property and the home’s interior for evidence of this crime and other criminal activity. That suspect has been arrested in connection to the stolen Acura.  The second suspect is being investigated further regarding his knowledge of the stolen Acura. 

Some Acura parts were missing, along with some personal property reported as being inside the vehicle at the time of the theft. The CMPD Auto Theft Unit is continuing their investigation in an attempt to account for and recover all missing property. 

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Acura Integra in June of 2000 at Tustin Acura in Tustin, California.