The owner of a 1999 Honda Prelude reported to the New York Police Department, 102 precinct, Queens, New York, that his vehicle was stolen from him.
The owner parked his Honda near his house where he normally parks it, when he came out for it the next morning, he found it missing. He immediately called the NYPD, 102 precinct, Richmond Hill, Queens, NY. The NYPD 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 time later the signal was picked up on a LoJack Police Tracking Computer that the police have installed in their vehicles. This silent signal was picked up in the Springfield Gardens section of Queens, confines of the 105 precinct. The signal was followed by the directional and audible cues from the PTC. This signal led them to a residential property that was fenced in by a large PVC fence; the signal appeared to be coming from behind the fence. Investigation by the Queens South Auto Larceny unit revealed the vehicle in question was behind the rear of the house. They applied for a Search Warrant; once the warrant was obtained they continued surveillance on the property. Eventually the owner of the property arrived on the scene, and the Search Warrant was executed. Once the search was conducted the stolen Honda was located as well as several parts from other vehicles, although the parts were unidentifiable it revealed evidence of a Chop Shop operation. The owner of the property was taken into custody and the Honda was recovered.
The owner of the Honda was notified and he stated that he was happy that when he purchased the vehicle it was equipped with the LoJack® System, otherwise his vehicle may not have been recovered at all.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 1999 Honda Prelude in August 1999 by Direct Sales in Canton, Massachusetts.