The owner of this Honda Accord contacted the Kern County Sheriff’s Department to report that her vehicle was stolen from her residence earlier that morning. The Kern County SD 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.
Less than 30 minutes after activation, a deputy with the Kern County SD picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Honda with the LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the deputy tracked the Honda to a residential area near the 1900 block of Flower Street. The officer found the Honda unoccupied and abandoned at the curb. While checking the Honda, a male adult walked up from a nearby ally. He was visibly intoxicated and agitated. As he approached the deputy, he took off his shirt and took a fighting stance. With the help of assisting units the male was restrained and taken into custody. During a pat down search a car key was discovered in the male’s hand. The key just happened to unlock and start the stolen Honda.
Further investigation revealed that the male was known to the victim but did not have permission to have her vehicle. He was arrested for vehicle theft and possession of stolen property, as well as public intoxication and violation of probation.
The Honda was recovered intact and undamaged; it was released to the owner at the scene.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Accord in June 2001 by Herson’s Honda in Rockville, Maryland.