On June 13th, the owner of a Honda Accord contacted the Orange County (FL.) Sheriff’s Office to report that her vehicle was stolen from the parking lot of her mother’s apartment complex where she had left the Honda on June 7th.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Honda.
A short while later, Deputies from the Orange County SO K-9 unit picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Honda on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the Deputies tracked the vehicle to a Public Storage Facility on Alafaya Trail in eastern Orange County.
Detectives from the Auto Theft Unit where called once it was determined that the Honda was inside one of the storage units. After determining the renter of the unit and not being able to make contact with her a Search Warrant was obtained. Upon opening the unit the Honda was recovered inside the unit. The management of the facility provided the contact for that unit and it was determined it had been rented by a female on 6-12-2012. The detectives determined the renter was the mother of the Honda’s owner. Upon viewing the security camera tape from the storage facility the detectives observed the Honda owner and her mother placing the car in the unit on 6-12-2012.
When the detectives questioned the owner she admitted to the theft and stated she needed the money to pay for repairs of the Honda. The owner was arrested and charged with Insurance Fraud and two counts of filing false police reports.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Honda Accord on 2/1999 at Maroone Honda of Hollywood, FL.
Portions of this story were obtained from the Orange County FL. Sheriff’s Office
- Alafaya Trail
- Auto Theft Unit
- filing false police reports
- Honda Accord
- Insurance Fraud
- Maroone Honda
- Maroone Honda of Hollywood
- Orange County
- Orange County Sheriff's Office
- Public storage
- Sad story
- search warrant
- security footage
- Sheriff's Office
- Storage facility
- storage unit
- stupid criminal