The owners of a Honda Civic 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 Civic.
A short while later the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Air-8 Flight Deputies 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, Air-8 tracked the Honda from the 105 Freeway to 111th Place and Broadway where they observed the suspect exit the vehicle and walk away. Apparently the suspect was observed looking at the helicopter and abandoned the Honda. A radio call from Air-8 to the LAPD Southeast Division requested a unit to respond as Air-8 maintained a visual on the suspect. An officer from Southeast Division happened to be sitting on a Tri Phase light at Broadway and 111th Place and observed the suspect walking. A back up officer was called to assist and the officers made contact with the suspect taking him into custody without further incident. A search of the suspect revealed the Honda keys and a glass pipe used to smoke narcotics. During the booking the suspect admitted he knew the Honda was stolen but he wanted to get some Crystal Meth as he has a Meth problem. Suspect was later booked for grand theft auto. The Honda was returned to the victim as the scene along with the keys to the vehicle.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Civic in October 2008 at Diamond Honda in Puente Hills, California.