The owners of a Honda Civic contacted the Santa Ana Police Department to report their vehicle was stolen. The Santa Ana 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 short while later officers from the Santa Ana 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 a residential neighborhood in the 2500 block of Artesia in the city of Santa Ana. Utilizing police assets the officers were able to pinpoint the Honda to a closed residential garage in the area. While at the location the officers saw three individuals inside the residence but they initially refused to exit. The subjects finally exited the house and were interviewed. One of the subjects admitted to stealing the Honda and said the vehicle was to be sent to Mexico the following morning for $450. That subject was arrested for the theft of the Honda. The other two subjects were arrested for multiple warrants. A stolen 1996 Honda Civic was found parked on the street next to the side of the residence and officers are attempting to tie that vehicle to the suspects. Had the 1997Honda Civic not been equipped with LoJack both vehicles may have been lost to Mexico.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Civic in September 1997 by Hardin Honda in Anaheim CA.