LoJack Helps LASD Deputies Recover Stolen Honda Civic — 1 Suspect Arrested with Vehicle’s Keys

  • January 2, 2013
  • recovery stories

On December 6, 2012, the owner of a 2009 Honda Civic contacted the Los Angeles Police Department to report that the vehicle was stolen from a street in front of her house in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles 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.

A short while later, deputies from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department‘s Century Station 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 signal strength cues on the LoJack computers, the deputies tracked the vehicle to the area of Atlantic Boulevard and Santa Ana Street. There, they observed a vehicle matching the description of the stolen Honda, but with license plates missing. They conducted a high-risk traffic stop, taking one male suspect into custody. Their investigation revealed that the suspect had the keys to the stolen vehicle, as well as the vehicle’s license plates. However, he claimed that two men that he had never met before asked him to drive the vehicle to a convenience store located in Compton for them. The suspect was arrested for Driving without Owners Consent and Receiving Stolen Property.

The vehicle, valued at $16,450, was recovered intact.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the vehicle on Honda Civic in June of 2009 at Long Beach Honda in Long Beach, California.