A new car dealership contacted the El Cerrito Police Department to report that a 2011 Honda CRV had been stolen by means of fraud by a female suspect. The El Cerrito Police investigated, 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 CRV.
A short time later, an officer from the Vallejo Police Department was directed to the stolen vehicle by the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Honda CRV with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) which are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officer tracked the stolen Honda CRV and located it parked in the parking lot of a grocery store. The vehicle was occupied by a male subject seated in the driver’s seat. Officers made contact with the subject and he was found to be in possession of the vehicle’s ignition key fob. The subject advised the vehicle belonged to his girlfriend, but he refused to provide her name or any further information. The subject was arrested for being in possession of the stolen vehicle. The investigation into the fraudulent “purchase” and identity of the suspect is continuing.
The vehicle was recovered and towed/stored to be returned to the car dealership.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda CRV in September 2018, at Honda of El Cerrito in El Cerrito, CA.