LoJack System Helps California Highway Patrol Valley Division Air Operations and Placer County Auto Theft Task Force Recover 2000 Honda Civic and Arrest Suspect

  • October 30, 2018
  • Law Enforcement

The owner of a 2000 Honda Civic contacted the California Highway Patrol in Rancho Cordova to report their vehicle had been stolen. The California Highway Patrol 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, officers with the California Highway Patrol Valley Division Air Operations Unit in a fixed wing aircraft were flying over the city of Lincoln, when they were alerted to the stolen Honda Civic by the silent LoJack signal received 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 stolen Honda was tracked to a residential area on 7th Street.  A Lincoln Police Department ground patrol unit responded and the stolen Honda was located unoccupied, parked at the curb. Investigators from the Placer County Auto Theft Task Force responded and established surveillance on the vehicle. A short time later a male was observed entering the stolen Honda and driving away. The marked Lincoln Police Department patrol unit preformed a traffic stop on the stolen Honda at 1st Street and I Street. The driver of the stolen Honda Civic exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, but was quickly apprehended.  The suspect was found to be a parolee at-large with an extensive criminal history including prior vehicle thefts.

The stolen Honda Civic was recovered by the Placer County Auto Theft Task Force and the vehicle was towed/stored to be returned to the owner. The current owner was unaware the vehicle had been previously equipped with the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System by a prior owner.

The LoJack® System was installed in the 2000 Honda Civic in April of 2000, at Marty’s Auto Sales and Leasing, in West Lake Village, CA