Melroe Bobcat Stolen, Tracked & Recovered for THIRD Time by LA Police Using LoJack

  • October 24, 2012
  • recovery stories

On October 4, 2012, the owner of a 2004 Melroe Bobcat contacted the Anaheim Police Department to report that his Bobcat had been stolen from a construction site in Anaheim. 

Anaheim Police verified the theft and entered the vehicle’s information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.

A short while later, deputies from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Compton Station were in the area of the 2900 block of N. Alameda when they picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen Bobcat. Following the directional and signal strength cues on the LoJack Police Tracking Computer installed in their patrol vehicles, the officers tracked the Bobcat to a large recycling business, which was closed at the time.

Detectives from the Los Angeles County Taskforce for Regional Auto Theft Prevention (TRAP) were called in to set up surveillance on the location. Early the following morning, when the gates to the business opened, the detectives made contact with the individual in charge. Inside the property, they located the stolen Bobcat. The detectives learned that his friend had just purchased the Bobcat from another person for $2,500 and had asked to store it at the location. 

TRAP Detectives made contact with the owner of the Bobcat and learned this was the third time it had been stolen, tracked and recovered utilizing LoJack.  The owner responded to the location to retrieve the recovered Bobcat.  Detectives are continuing the investigation.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Melroe Bobcat at Inland Bobcat on August 5, 2003.