LAPD Officers Use LoJack to Recover a Stolen Acura TL, Arrest 2 Suspects for Theft, Weapons

  • January 3, 2013
  • recovery stories

On November 22, 2012, the owner of a 2010 Acura TL contacted the Los Angeles Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from a street in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Acura.

A short while later, officers with the LAPD Harbor Division picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen Acura on the Police Tracking Computer installed in their patrol vehicle. Following the directional and signal strength cues on the LoJack computer, they tracked the signal to a motel in the 500 block of Pacific Coast Highway. There, they observed the parked and unoccupied vehicle.

The officers set up surveillance on the vehicle, and within a few minutes, they observed a male and two female suspects enter the stolen vehicle and drive away. The officers conducted a high-risk traffic stop on the vehicle, taking all three suspects into custody. Their investigation revealed that the male driver was on active parole. One of the female suspects was armed with a semi-automatic hand gun and the other female suspect was questioned and released. The male driver was arrested for Driving without Owners Consent and the female suspect was arrested for carrying a loaded firearm.

The Acura was recovered intact and is valued at $34,475.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Acura TL in December of 2009 at Ball Automotive in National City, California.