The owners of a 2008 Honda Pilot contacted the Los Angeles Police Department Harbor Division to report their vehicle was stolen.
The LAPD Harbor Division 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 four minutes later deputies from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Century and the LASD airship Air 7 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 LASD Air 7 tracked the Honda to Kalmia Street in Los Angeles. The Air 7 informed the patrol deputies the Honda was parked on the street with the engine running. Patrol deputies drove to the Honda and found a lone male subject sitting in the driver seat. The deputies detained the subject. Upon questioning, the subject told the deputies he found the Honda running and took the vehicle because he needed a ride to visit family. The deputies located a cell phone in the Honda which the suspect said belonged to him. With his permission the deputies checked the text messages. The deputies saw messages to three different people, including “baby girl,” in which the suspect said he had a “G-ride.” The suspect asked “baby girl” if she had money for gas because the “G-ride” was low on gas. The Honda was recovered and the suspect was arrested.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Pilot in July 2008 at Gardena Honda in California.
- Four minutes
- Gardena Honda
- Honda Pilot
- LAPD Harbor Division
- Los Angeles
- Los Angeles County
- Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
- Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
- Los Angeles Police Department
- Los Angeles Police Department- Harbor Division
- text messages