The owners of a 2011 Honda Civic contacted the Phoenix Police Department to report that their vehicle had been stolen from the driveway of their residence. Unknown suspect(s) jumped in the Honda and drove off with the vehicle that was left running while the owners were inside the house. The Phoenix Police Department 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.
Seven minutes later, officers from the Glendale Police Department 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 vehicle to the area of 44th Avenue and Glendale Road.
At the same time, the Phoenix Police Department was responding to a burglary call at the residence of the Honda theft. The suspect had returned with the house key and entered the residence. The owners scared off the suspect and the Phoenix Police Department officers had the suspect barricaded in a neighbor’s house. The suspect was arrested without further incident.
The vehicle was located unoccupied behind a business. Phoenix Police Department officers recovered the vehicle in good condition. The Honda was impounded to be processed for evidence. The suspect was arrested and booked on several felony charges.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Civic in April 2011 at Honda Mall of Georgia, Buford, Georgia.