Utah Highway Patrol Tracks Stolen Honda Accord into Tooele County, Recovered

  • March 6, 2012
  • recovery stories

The owners of a 1994 Honda Accord in the morning hours of February 8, 2012, parked in the City of South Salt Lake. Later that same morning, they found the car stolen and immediately contacted the South Salt Lake City Police to report the theft.

After verifying the crime, the police entered the stolen Honda’s information into the Utah and federal stolen vehicle computer databases. This routine police action automatically activated LoJack transponder concealed in the Honda Accord. Neither the owners nor law enforcement had to do anything else to activate the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery Network, because the LoJack interface with law enforcement is both seamless and instantaneous.

A short time later, a trooper with the Utah Highway Patrol began picking up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Honda on the LoJack Police Tracking Computer installed in his patrol vehicle. Following the computer’s directional and signal strength cues, the trooper tracked the Honda to the City of Tooele, in Tooele County. Within minutes, the trooper located the vehicle, abandoned by the suspect(s). Local police responded to assist. The officers conducted a brief surveillance to see if the suspect(s) would return, but they did not.

The Honda Accord was located only 104 minutes and over 36 miles away after being entered into the Stolen Vehicle Recovery System by South Salt Lake City Police. The car was later released back to the grateful car owners, who were lucky that the car’s previous owners had the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System installed 12 years earlier, on April 26, 1999.