The owners of a 2000 Honda Civic contacted the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department East LA Station to report that their vehicle was stolen. Apparently the owner had parked the Honda in front of the residence, went inside for 35 minutes and when he came out, the Honda had been stolen. Deputies 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.
As the deputy was completing the theft report, a neighbor contacted him and provided information of a suspect description that had pulled up in a blue Honda Accord, exited and entered the stolen victim’s Honda driving off with that. The deputy had the witness drive around the neighborhood and located a similar blue Honda. That Honda had been stolen earlier in the day from the Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck area. The deputy then overheard the LASD Air-8 flight deputies relay that they had 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 airship tracked the Honda to the 500 block of S. Sadler Ave locating the vehicle behind a gate of a residence. Deputies deployed on the residence and called out all of the occupants. The witness was brought to the scene and identified one of the3 males as the person who stole the victim’s Honda. He was arrested and booked for the theft and possession of Meth. The recovered Honda was later returned to the victim.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Civic in April 2001 at Gardena Honda in Gardena, California.