The owners of a Honda Civic contacted the Phoenix Police Department to report that their vehicle had been stolen from the parking lot of their apartment complex.
The police 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.
Twenty-five minutes later, officers from the Phoenix PD picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Honda with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers tracked the Honda to the area of 35th Avenue and Thomas Road in Phoenix.
The stolen Honda was occupied and mobile when found by officers. Undercover auto theft detectives from the Phoenix PD followed the stolen Honda and observed the suspect pull onto a side street of the neighborhood, where he parked the Honda. The suspect was observed getting out of the stolen Honda and walking away. The officers and detectives apprehended the suspect without incident. Two stolen license plates were found in the Honda. The suspect, who has previously served time in prison, was arrested and booked for the theft of the Honda.
This was the fourth time this Honda was reported stolen, tracked, and recovered by the use of LoJack.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Civic in July 1994 at Kramer Honda-Volvo in Santa Monica, California.