On October 11, 2012, the owner of a Melroe Bobcat skid steer loader discovered the machine missing from a job site located at NE Hwy. 99 & NE 117th Street near Vancouver. It was believed to have been sometime during a three-day period, from a construction site containin several pieces of heavy equipment. Investigation revealed that the thieves drove the Bobcat through a fence and loaded it on a trailer. The company contacted the Clark County Sheriff’s Office to report the machine stolen.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office verified the theft and entered the machine’s identification number into the state and federal crime computers. That process automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Bobcat.
A short while later, a Clark County deputy received the Bobcat’s silent LoJack homing signal on the Police Tracking Computer installed in her patrol car. Following the directional and signal strength cues on her LoJack computer, the deputy tracked the signal to the 6600 block of East 18th Street near Vancouver, where she located the machine. The machine, valued at $12,500, did not sustain any apparent damage during the theft. Evidence and interviews resulted in the identification of a suspect. Charges are pending with the Clark County Prosecutors Office.
The LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System was installed in this Bobcat skid steer loader in September of 2005 for United Rentals in Burbank, California.
- charges pending
- Clark County Sheriff's Office
- Melroe Bobcat
- Melroe Bobcat 763
- Melroe Bobcat 763 skid steer loader
- Melroe Bobcat skid steer
- no damage
- October 2012
- Skid Steer
- skid steer loader
- stolen from construction site
- stolen from job site
- Suspect Identified
- undamaged equipment
- United Rentals
- United Rentals Burbank CA