The owner of a 2009 Honda Accord contacted the Glendale Heights Police Department to report that her Honda Accord had been taken from in front of her residence in the 100 block of Jacobsen Avenue in Glendale Heights. The victim stated she had her ignition key to her Honda taken at an earlier date and never reported it. The Glendale Heights 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.
Soon after the unit was activated it was tracked by multiple jurisdictions as it drove around the Chicagoland area. The Cook County / Chicago Police helicopter picked up the stolen Honda near I-355 and Route 64 in Bloomingdale. The Cook County / CPD helicopter in contact with a ground unit equipped with LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC) relayed the location of the stolen Honda to the ground unit. The stolen Honda was observed by the ground unit who followed the stolen Honda relaying their location to units in the surrounding area. Police stopped the vehicle on Route 53 south of Saint Charles Road in Bloomingdale and removed the three offenders who were all admitted gang members. The three offenders stated they had gotten the key from an unnamed accomplice. A search of the offenders revealed the victims credit card in one offenders boot. All three were taken into custody and charged with a combination of charges which included Criminal Trespass to Vehicle, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of a Stolen Credit Card. Police investigation into this vehicle recovery continues.
Due to LoJack, the owner had her Honda back in her control soon after she reported it stolen. Other than the driver’s door window being broken the Honda had no new damage and was returned to a grateful owner before it could be stripped, cloned, re-tagged, or used in a crime.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Accord in August 2011 at Castle Honda in Morton Grove, Illinois.