The owners of a 2009 Honda Accord contacted the Santa Ana Police Department to report their vehicle was stolen. The Santa Ana 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.
A short while later an officer from the University of California Irvine 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. The UCI officer broadcast over the county wide radio channel that he had received a LoJack activation in the area of I-5 freeway and Chapman Avenue in the city of Orange. A Santa Ana PD patrol officer drove in that direction and picked up the LoJack signal for the stolen Honda. The Santa Ana PD officer tracked the Honda to an alley in the city of Santa Ana. The officer exited his vehicle and watched the unoccupied Honda from a distance. A few moments later he saw a female carrying a black tote bag approach the Honda. The female went to the rear of the Honda and was attempting to remove the rear license plate. It appeared the female was having difficulty removing the plate. The female stopped trying to remove the plate and entered the driver door, sitting on the driver seat. A few moments later the female exited the Honda and went to the front of the Honda. The female removed the front license plate and replaced with a dealer paper plate. The officer approached the female and detained her. The officer checked the black tote, found tools and an additional dealer paper plate. The officer found the female in possession of what appeared to be a secondary key to the Honda. The officer later read the original stolen report and saw that a secondary key to the Honda was inside the vehicle when stolen. The officer arrested the female and recovered the Honda.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Accord in September 2009 at Honda World in Westminster, California.