Flight Officers in East Bay Recover Melrose Bobcat Loader Stolen from San Jose Job Site

  • July 1, 2012
  • recovery stories

On the morning of June 18, 2012, Sunstate Rentals, the owner of a 2011 Melrose Bobcat Skip Loader S70 valued at $21,000, contacted the San Jose Police Department to report the equipment stolen from a job site in San Jose. After verifying the theft, San Jose officers had the equipment’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.

A short time later, flight officers with the East Bay Regional Parks Police Helicopter picked up the loader’s silent LoJack homing signals on the LoJack Police Tracking Computer installed in the aircraft. Following the directional and audible signal from the LoJack computers, the flight officers tracked the equipment’s signal into the city of Fremont. They directed Alameda County Sheriff’s Department officers to the location, where they located the abandoned and undamaged Bobcat. Sunstate Rentals was notified of the recovery shortly thereafter.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Melrose Bobcat on May 12, 2011.