The owners of a 2001 Honda Civic contacted the Inglewood Police Department to report their vehicle was stolen.
The Inglewood 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.
Only 12 minutes later the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Airship 21 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, Airship 21 tracked the Honda to Imperial Hwy and Wilmington Avenue in the city of Los Angeles. Airship 21 broadcast their LoJack tracking and requested patrol deputies respond to the area. As patrol deputies were arriving Airship 21 located the Honda on Grigsby Place and the observer watched a male subject exit the stolen Honda. A patrol deputy arrived on Grigsby Place and saw the subject walking away. The patrol deputies detained the subject. The subject was carrying an envelope which the deputies determined belonged to the victim. Upon inspecting the Honda they saw the ignition switch had been tampered with and they saw several burglary tools in the Honda. When the detained subject was questioned he claimed he was getting items from the Honda for a friend, which he could not name or provide a location. He also claimed he worked on vehicles and that was why the tools were in the Honda. The deputies contacted the owner, who verified he did not know the suspect nor give him permission to take the Honda. The detained subject was arrested for auto theft and possession of burglary tools.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Civic in October 2002 at Desert Honda in Las Vegas, NV.