The owners of a 2009 Honda Accord contacted the Houston Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from in front of a day care center. The owner parked in front and went inside to drop off their child leaving the keys in the ignition with the engine running. When they returned the Honda was missing.
The Houston 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 the air crew from the Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter unit 102 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, the air crew located the Honda on I-10 East at Mercury Drive at a corner convenience store parked at one of the fuel pumps. The air crew notified ground units of the location and the Harris County Sheriff’s Department deputies and Jacinto City Police Department arrived on scene and arrested two subjects that were described by the air crew. The keys to the Honda were in one of the subject’s pant pocket. Both subjects were arrested and charged with several felonies including outstanding felony warrants.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Accord in February 2009 at Penske Honda in Ontario, California.