Stolen Sully Air Compressor Tracked to Residential Garage in Sun Valley, One Arrested

  • July 5, 2012
  • recovery stories

On Friday June 22, 2012, the renter of a 2010 Sully Air Compressor contacted the Reno Police Department and reported the equipment stolen from a motel parking lot overnight. Later that day, Sunbelt Rentals contacted LoJack and advised the company of the theft. It was determined the unit was entered into the federal crime computer system incorrectly as “property” rather than as a towable compressor which should have been entered as a stolen vehicle. A LoJack Law Enforcement Liaison then contacted the Reno Police and the report was changed to a “vehicle theft” in the state and federal crime computer systems, which automatically activated the LOJack transponder concealed in the equipment.

Later that evening, a deputy with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department, on patrol in the rural area of Sun Valley, began to receive the silent signal transmitting from the stolen Sully compressor. Following the directional and audible signal on the LoJack tracker, the deputy followed the vehicle to the detached garage of a residence on Flora Court. Deputies contacted the owners of the property and after questioning, they agreed to open the garage. Inside, the deputies located and recovered the stolen compressor. The equipment was towed and held for safekeeping, until it could be released to Sunbelt Rentals.

The owner of the property was arrested and booked for possession of stolen property. In addition to the stolen compressor, the deputies observed a large amount of construction equipment and appliances inside the garage, and referred this information to detectives for follow up.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed by Sunbelt Rentals-Roseville in October of 2010.