The owners of a 2003 Honda Pilot contacted the El Monte Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen during the night by unknown suspects. Officers 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 Pilot.
Within 5 minutes from the activation, the El Monte PD officers picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen 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 the 3500 block of Lexington, city of El Monte, and observed the vehicle parked in a residential driveway. Surveillance was established utilizing station detectives and the LoJack equipped patrol units. Approximately 45 minutes later, the Honda pulled out of the driveway being driven by one male adult and was immediately stopped by the units. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident and later booked for driving a motor vehicle without owner’s permission.
Detectives from the Taskforce for Regional Auto Theft Prevention (TRAP) will assume the investigation. The Honda was released in the field to the happy owners.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Pilot in June 2002 at Nelson Honda in El Monte, California.