The owners of a 2000 Honda Civic contacted the Covina Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen.
The Covina PD verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Honda.
Eighteen (18) minutes later, detectives working the Los Angeles County TRAP West Team, picked up the silent LoJack signal from the LoJack® System installed on the Honda on the portable LoJack Police Tracking Computers that are assigned to their detail. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack PTC, the Honda was tracked to a residence in the area of the 3700 block of Middle Road. The detectives observed the suspect was stripping the stolen Honda. The LASD-East Los Angeles patrol deputies responded to the location and detained the suspect. The detectives conducted an investigation at the location and found that a neighbor had video of the suspect driving and stripping the stolen Honda. The suspect had been taking the parts to use on his vehicle. The suspect was taken into custody for Chop Shop charges without incident. Detectives have classified this case as a “Chop Shop.” This is the fourth (4th) time that this Honda has been stolen and recovered by law enforcement using LoJack.
The Hondas were impounded for safe keeping.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda on February 1997.