The owners of a 2005 Honda Civic contacted the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from their home while one of the owners was getting things from the residence. The Honda had been left running in the driveway. The home’s security cameras captured three male subjects walking on Glenfiddich Drive, one of the males walked down the driveway and got into the Honda and drove away. The other two males continued to walk down Glenfiddich Drive toward The Plaza.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg 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.
A while later officers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg 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 abandoned Honda to a pharmacy on Freedom Drive, approximately 10 miles from the theft site. The Honda had been backed into a parking space at the exit of the pharmacy. The engine was cold and a fictitious 30 day temporary paper plate and been displayed on the Honda.
The Honda was towed and stored until it could be processed for latent evidence. Officers were attempting to obtain security video from the surrounding businesses in an attempt to compare images from the theft and recovery site of the driver and any other occupants. The owner was notified of the Honda’s recovery and location of storage.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Civic in November 2005 by Honda Cars of Concord, North Carolina.