The owners of a Honda Accord lent their vehicle to a “friend” who was to take the car to work and then return the same day. The “friend” never returned. A police officer verified the theft and had the vehicle information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine action on the part of law enforcement automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Honda.
The next day, following the theft report, officers with several Colorado law enforcement agencies (Colorado State University PD in Fort Collins, Loveland PD, Colorado State Patrol – northern suburbs of Denver, Denver PD, Gilpin County SO and Black Hawk PD), picked up the silent LoJack signal coming from the stolen Honda with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTCs) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft.
Following the directional and audible cues from the PTCs, a deputy with the Gilpin County SO and an officer with the Black Hawk PD tracked the signal from the stolen Honda to the parking lot of a casino. There they located the stolen Honda and arrested the owner’s “friend” from Las Vegas. The suspect was jailed on charges of Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The suspect’s companion was not charged and released on-scene. The Honda was recovered undamaged and will be returned to the owners.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Accord in October 2011 at Desert Honda in Las Vegas, Nevada.