The owners of a Honda Civic contacted the Phoenix Police Department to report that their vehicle had been stolen from the apartment complex parking lot.
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 two minutes later, officers from the Glendale Police Department 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 75th Avenue and Colter Avenue, in Glendale.
The Honda was found unoccupied and parked on a side street. Detectives from the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force responded to the area and conducted an extended surveillance. The auto theft detectives observed a male and female approach the Honda. The two suspects removed the wheels/tires from the Honda and started to walk away with them. When the auto theft detectives moved in to make the arrest, the male suspect dropped the wheels/tires and jumped into a back yard. A perimeter was established and the male suspect was taken into custody without incident. The female suspect was later found hiding in a nearby park. When officers told her to lie on the ground, lug nuts from Honda fell out of her bra onto the ground. Additional lug nuts were found in her bra and pockets. Both suspects were arrested and booked on several felony charges. The male suspect has had two previous auto theft convictions.
The wheels/tires were reattached and the Honda was towed for safekeeping.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Civic in August 1998 by Robertson Honda in North Hollywood, California.