On September 19, 2012, the owner of a Commercial Dealership and Rental Agency reported to the Bourne Police Department that a 2008 John Deere “Gator” was stolen from the area of the Bourne National Cemetery over the weekend. According to the owner, this piece of equipment was being used in a landscaping project at the cemetery.
The Bourne Police Department verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the John Deere “Gator”.
A short while later, MA State Troopers assigned to the Governor’s Auto Theft Strike Force picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen John Deere near the Bourne-Falmouth town line, on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the troopers tracked the vehicle to a heavily wooded area of the Bourne National Cemetery.
With great difficulty in tough terrain, the troopers located the “Gator”; the equipment was intact, except for a flat tire, which probably prevented the thieves from continuing much further. There are no suspects at this time.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the 2008 John Deere TRW on November 20, 2008 at the Valley Crest Dealership in Boston, Massachusetts.