Suspect Arrested for Theft of Honda Civic, Drug Charges & Cruelty to Animals

  • June 24, 2012
  • recovery stories

On Wednesday, April 11, 2012, the owner of a 2000 Honda Civic 2-door coupe contacted the Hollywood Police Department to report that their vehicle had been stolen overnight from where it was parked. After verifying the theft, Hollywood officers had the Honda’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Honda.

A short time later, a Jupiter Police Department officer began to pick up the Honda’s silent LoJack signal on the LoJack Police Tracking Computer installed in his patrol vehicle. Shortly thereafter, the officer, along with backup, discovered that the signal was emanating from a storage facility garage in Lake Worth. The Palm Beach County Auto Theft Task Force responded to the scene, and was able to identify the exact bay that the signal was being broadcast from. The officers contacted the renter of the bay, who responded to the scene as well. The renter signed a “Consent to Search” release and opened the garage door. Inside, the officer observed the stolen Honda Civic, and promptly arrested the renter for Grand Theft Auto, Possession of Marijuana (as marijuana was discovered inside the bay), and Cruelty to Animals (as a dog was discovered in a cage in a sweltering environment).

The Honda was recovered and towed to the police impound yard for safekeeping. The dog was turned over to Animal Control, and the marijuana was placed into evidence. The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Honda Civic in August 2000.