LoJack Helps Los Angeles Police Recover Stolen Honda Civic, One Suspect Arrested

  • March 19, 2013
  • recovery stories

On January 30, 2013, the owner of a 2002 Honda Civic contacted the Riverside Sheriff’s Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from their driveway in Perris, California.

The Riverside Sheriff’s Department verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Honda.

A short while later, an officer with the Los Angeles Port Police Department picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Honda on the Police Tracking Computer installed in his patrol vehicle. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the officer tracked the LoJack signal to a salvage yard located in the 1500 block of Cristobal Avenue. There, he located the parked Honda, occupied by one female driver.

The officer observed the suspect exit the vehicle and go into the salvage yard; she then returned to the vehicle and drove away. When requested back-up units arrived, they conducted a high-risk traffic stop, taking the suspect into custody. The suspect admitted to taking her friend’s vehicle. The suspect was arrested for Driving without Owners Consent. Harbor Detectives are conducting the follow-up investigation.

The vehicle, valued at $6,500, was recovered intact.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the 2002 Honda Civic in February of 2002 at Norm Reeves Honda of Huntington Beach, California.