The owners of a 1999 Honda Civic contacted the Roseville Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen. The victim discovered the theft when they went out to go shopping and found the Honda missing from their apartment parking lot.
The Roseville 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 Civic.
A short while later officers from both the Sacramento Police Department and Sheriff’s Department 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 officers tracked the Honda to 4500 block of Del Norte St in South Sacramento. Deputies further tracked the signal down a long driveway of a duplex complex and found the stolen Honda hidden behind an extra-large piece of cardboard put up in the carport to block the view of the stolen vehicle. Their investigation then discovered a suspect hiding in a storage space of the carport. This suspect was taken into custody without incident and arrested for receiving stolen property and auto theft.
Next to the carport was another 1999 Honda Civic. Further investigation revealed this Honda had been reported stolen to the Sacramento Police Department the day prior.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Civic in October 2002 at Joe Kerley Lincoln Mercury in San Jose, California.