The owners of a 1996 Honda Accord contacted the Los Angeles Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen. 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 Accord.
A short while later the LAPD 77th Division officers were conducting routine patrol activity in the area of Florence Ave and Figueroa St when they heard a radio broadcast through the LAPD communications stating that the LASD Air-20 was tracking a LoJack hit vehicle in the area of 75th and Main Streets. The LASD Air Unit deputies stated that they observed a vehicle which corresponded with the hit, parked in front of a school.
The LA Port Police Department detective and the LAPD Harbor Division detective were driving in a marked black and white in the area and observed the suspect vehicle once it pulled away from the school and began driving. They requested a back-up unit and began to follow the Honda while waiting for additional units to respond to their location. The Honda stopped in front of 128 W 74th St. Detectives responded to the back-up and assisted with taking the suspect and his passenger into custody without incident. The suspect was arrested and booked for Grand Theft Auto.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Accord in May 1998 at Tipton Honda in El Cajon, California.