for work, a Marysville area resident realized his Honda Accord had been stolen
from his driveway. The Honda had been
left unlocked the evening prior, and he possessed the only set of keys. The theft was immediately reported to the Marysville
Police Department. After verifying the
theft, the Honda Accord was entered stolen into the state and federal crime
computers. This automatically activated
the LoJack® System concealed in the vehicle.
Within minutes, an officer with the Marysville Police Department received a LoJack hit on his Police Tracking Computer (PTC), which are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Utilizing the audible and visual signals of the PTC, the officer was able to navigate to a residential area within the city limits of Marysville. The officer observed the stolen Honda parked on the street just a few homes down from a suspected drug house. While confirming the stolen vehicle, the officer observed a subject, later identified as the suspect, walking toward him and the vehicle. The suspect became startled when he looked up and saw the officer, at which time he quickly changed directions. The officer notified his partners and the suspect was contacted. He was quickly identified as a prolific auto thief and is well known to law enforcement. The suspect was detained until SNOCAT Auto Theft Task Force Detectives arrived. Detectives canvassed the area and obtained video surveillance from the home where the stolen vehicle had parked. The video confirmed the suspect detained was indeed the person who drove the stolen Honda to that location. During an interview with the suspect, he denied being in the car, until he was shown the video. He then confessed to stealing the vehicle and changing the license plates in an attempt to hide the Honda’s stolen status. The suspect was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for Theft of a Motor Vehicle 1st Degree.
The Honda was recovered before it could be stripped, damaged or used in any additional crimes. The owner was very appreciative, as he had no other mode of transportation to his place of employment, Marysville Ford.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Accord in December 2015 at Marysville Ford, Marysville, Washington.