Hidden Transmitter Leads to 3 Stolen Honda Civics

From The Charlotte Observer by Meghan Cooke, September 27, 2012

A 20-year-old man faces vehicle theft charges after police said they tracked a stolen car equipped with a hidden transmitter to a Charlotte yard, where they found two more stolen cars.

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Rethanachan Em, 20. Photo courtesy of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.

The three cars – all Honda Civics – were reported stolen Wednesday morning within nine miles of each other in the University City area and east Charlotte.

In one case, a 1999 Civic was reported missing from the Barrington Place apartment complex off East W.T. Harris Boulevard.

A man told Charlotte-Mecklenburg police that he left his apartment Wednesday morning to go to work and discovered his car missing. Police didn’t find any glass where the vehicle was parked, according to a police report.

Another man told police that his 1993 Civic was stolen around 4:30 a.m. on Ruth Drive near The Plaza and Milton Road.

A third vehicle, a 2000 Civic, was reported stolen between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Copper Creek Court, just off Albemarle Road.

But one of the cars had a LoJack transmitter, which emits a signal when activated.

Police said the device allowed investigators on Wednesday to track the car to a home on Langley Road, located in a neighborhood off Shamrock road in east Charlotte.

When officers arrived, they discovered the three stolen cars in the backyard, police said.

Police arrested Rethanachan Em of Charlotte, charging him with three counts of larceny of a motor vehicle. He remained in Mecklenburg jail Thursday under a $30,000 bond.

Anyone with additional information about the case is asked to call the Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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