The owners of a 1997 Honda Civic contacted the Los Angeles Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from a market parking lot 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.
Minutes later flight officers from the LAPD Air-16 picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Honda Civic with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, they tracked the Honda in the area of Sunset and Glendale Blvd and located the vehicle south bound on I-5 Freeway and Stadium Way. Air-16 notified officers from the Northeast Division they were following the Honda as it transitioned from the 110 Freeway onto Marisol to Ave. 57. The ground unit picked up the LoJack signal and as the Honda reached Marisol and Via Colima, the officers caught up to the vehicle. The suspect, a female, was taken into custody without further incident. The officers learned this female had served 365 days in county jail for felony vehicle theft and was on probation. She was booked for the theft and probation violation.
The undamaged and recovered Honda was stored and later released to the victim.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Civic in October 1997 by Colonial Honda in Virginia.