The owner of a 2009 Honda Accord contacted the Raleigh Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from a parking deck off East Davie Street. The owner had parked the Honda on the third floor parking deck at approximately 10PM. When the owner returned at approximately 3AM, the Honda was missing. The parking space had no signs of broken glass and the owner reported the Honda to have been locked and no valet or spare key in the vehicle. There had been no record of a tow of the Honda or repossession.
The Raleigh 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 Raleigh 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 an area south of downtown Raleigh near Tryon and Wilmington Street. The RPD officers tracked the Honda to the dead end of Peach Road. The Honda was not occupied and had signs of slight damage to the passenger side mirror. The owner/victim responded to the recovery site to take custody of the Honda after the vehicle had been processed for latent evidence. No known suspect(s) are identified at this time, awaiting latent prints processing. Even though the victim in this vehicle theft was not the person who had the LoJack installed, LoJack worked automatically for the used car owner, leading to the quick recovery by police.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Accord in February 2010 by Crown Honda in Greensboro, North Carolina.