The owners of a 2000 Honda Civic contacted the Santa Monica Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen by unknown suspects. 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 Police Department Air-3 flight officers 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-3 tracked the Honda to Milwaukee Ave and Baltimore St where they observed the vehicle pull into an alley. They observed the driver exit from the driver’s seat and began walking away. Officers were notified of this incident, responded to the scene and detained the suspect without incident. Auto Theft detectives had overheard the broadcast of the suspect description and realized they had contact with him earlier riding a bicycle. At that time he was warned of a violation they noted and released. The detectives responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. During the interview, the suspect told them he had received the Honda from an unknown female and was told to get it washed. The suspect was arrested and booked for the vehicle theft and is currently on summary probation for the same charges.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Civic in July 2000 at Norm Reeves Honda in Cerritos, California.