LoJack Aids San Mateo Task Force in Recovery of Stolen Honda Civic — Suspect Arrested Prepping to Strip Vehicle

  • March 7, 2013
  • recovery stories

On February 3, 2013, the owner of 2010 Honda Civic was visiting a friend in San Francisco. When the owner of the Honda went outside his friend’s home, he discovered that his car was stolen, and quickly contacted the San Francisco Police to report the theft.

San Francisco Police verified the crime information and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.  LoJack is the only theft recovery system that is directly operated by law enforcement and this interface is seamless and instantaneous.

Minutes later, South San Francisco Police Department (SSFPD) officers picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Honda with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft.  The LoJack PTC provides officers with on-board information which permits them to locate the stolen vehicle quickly and with an increased margin of safety.

SSFPD officers located the Honda, abandoned on a side street in South San Francisco and called the San Mateo Task Force to assist.  Task Force officers set up a surreptitious surveillance on the Honda.  Later the following day, officers followed the moving Honda to a street in South San Francisco, where the driver pulled into a garage.  Officers converged upon the vehicle and arrested the suspect, who was about to start stripping the vehicle.  Officers notified the owner of the Honda recovery and impounded the vehicle for evidence.  The undamaged vehicle, valued at $26,000, will be returned to the owner after evidence collection.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in this vehicle on February 1, 2010 in San Leandro, California at San Leandro Honda.