The owners of a 2009 Honda CRV contacted the Merced Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from their residence during the night. The Merced 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.
Just 15 minutes after the Honda was entered into the stolen vehicle system an officer from the Merced PD picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Honda with the LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officer tracked the Honda to an apartment complex near downtown Merced. The Honda was found unoccupied and abandoned in the parking lot.
The victim’s cell phone was in his Honda at the time of the theft. Officers were able to enable the phone’s locating device which led them to an apartment within the complex. The officers contacted an adult male suspect at the apartment and found he was in possession of the victim’s phone, as well as a spare set of keys to the victim’s Honda. The male suspect was arrested for possession of stolen property and vehicle theft.
The Honda was recovered intact and undamaged; it was released to the owner at the scene.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda CRV in August 2008 by Honda North in Clovis, California.