The owner of a 2010 Honda Civic contacted the Huntington Beach Police Department to report her vehicle was stolen. The suspect was known to the victim and provided the police with his name and description. The Huntington Beach 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.
Only 7 minutes later officers from the Huntington Beach PD 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 officers tracked the Honda to the parking lot of a fast food restaurant. The officers found the Honda parked and unoccupied. Armed with a suspect description the officers set up surveillance of the Honda. A short time later, officers spotted a subject matching the suspect description walking through the parking lot. The officers detained the subject and identified him as their named suspect. The officers searched the Honda and found a box containing various social security cards, birth certificates, blank checks and other identification materials. The officers found a fictitious driver’s license with the suspect’s picture but a false name. The officers also found a birth certificate, social security card and check with the suspect’s fictitious name found on the driver’s license. The suspect initially claimed a “homeless” person gave him the items but later stated he didn’t know where he got them. The suspect was taken into custody and the Honda was recovered.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Civic in May 2010 by Direct Sales.