LoJack® System in Stolen 1999 Acura assists Washington State Patrol with Recovery and Arrest

  • February 15, 2019
  • Law Enforcement

A resident of Lacey, Washington area resident realized his Acura Integra stolen from his driveway sometime during the night. The victim further stated he had the only set of keys in his possession. Lacey Police Department responded to the residence and an officer took a report for Motor Vehicle Theft report.  After verifying the theft, the Acura was entered stolen into the state and federal crime computers.  This automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the vehicle. 

A Washington State Patrol Aviation Trooper was flying on his way back to Olympia, Washington and received a LoJack hit on his Police Tracking Computer (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Utilizing the audible and visual signals of the PTC, the trooper was able to locate the stolen Acura in a rural area of Yelm, Washington.  The pilot communicated with ground units and an assisting trooper located the vehicle parked outside of a residence.  The trooper positioned himself in a covert location to observe the stolen Acura.  He noted the license plates had been switched and a fraudulent trip permit was in the rear window.  While waiting for backup officers to arrive, a male and female left the residence and entered the stolen Acura.  The male drove it to a nearby gas station.  Upon returning back to the residence, a felony stop was conducted on the vehicle and occupants.  The vehicle was confirmed to be the stolen Acura and the suspects were detained.  Detectives with the Puget Sound Auto Theft Task Force responded to assist.  Detectives wrote and were granted a Thurston County Superior Court Search Warrant allowing them to search the stolen Acura.  During the search, illegal narcotics, multiple shaved keys, and a gun were seized.  The male was arrested on scene and booked into the Thurston County Jail for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle with additional charges pending.

The Acura was returned undamaged to a very appreciative owner before it could be stripped or used in additional crimes.

The LoJack® System was installed in the Acura in May 2000 at Tustin Acura, Tustin California.