Woman Arrested for Theft of Honda CRX After She "Got Tired of Walking"

  • March 20, 2012
  • recovery stories

After the owners reported their 1998 Honda CRX stolen to the Riverside Sheriff’s Department’s Lake Elsinore Station, the vehicle information was entered into the statewide and nationwide stolen vehicle system (SVS/NCIC) computer databases. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle, causing the transponder to begin emitting a silent homing signal Neither the owners nor law enforcement had to do anything else to activate the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery Network, because LoJack’s interface with law enforcement is both seamless and instantaneous.
On the afternoon of February 25, 2012, Riverside County Sheriff’s Flight Deputies flying helicopter STAR-96 were patrolling in the Lake Elsinore area when they picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the CRX reported stolen earlier that morning. Following the directional cues on the LoJack Tracking Computer installed in their aircraft, the flight deputies isolated the signal to the area of Eucalyptus and Redgum. As they approached the area, they located a vehicle, covered with a blanket, behind a residence on Redgum. Responding ground units made contact with a female suspect at the residence, who allowed them entrance to the property. The officers confirmed that the covered vehicle was, in fact, the stolen vehicle in question. The suspect admitted that she was tired of walking, saw the vehicle and took it; she was arrested for Auto Theft and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. The CRX was recovered and later returned to the grateful owner.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System had been installed in the Honda on May 2, 2000 at Honda World in Westminster, California.