The owners of a 1997 Honda Accord contacted the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Temple Station to report that their vehicle was stolen by an unknown suspect. Deputies 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.
Sixteen (16) minutes later officers from the Azusa Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Honda Accord 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 officer tracked the Honda to a large retail discount store near Main St and pinpointed the vehicle as parked inside the parking structure. Knowing that there are surveillance cameras in store security, the officer instructed two other units to surveil the unattended Honda while he checked with the security cameras. The officer was able to see the stolen Honda drive up and park. Then he was able to identify the driver of the Honda. At this time a male subject walked up to the Honda, entered and backed out of the parking stall. The two units deployed on the stolen Honda taking the driver into custody without further incident. He was positively identified by the primary officer and later booked for the theft of the Honda. The Honda Accord was stored for safe keeping and later returned to the owner.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Accord in August 2000 at Sierra Auto Cars in Monrovia, California.