Utah “Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division” Recovers Stolen Kubota Backhoe & Identify Suspect Using LoJack

  • November 26, 2012
  • recovery stories

On October 29, 2012 the owners of a 2011 Kubota Backhoe contacted the Cottonwood Heights Police Department when the person who rented the equipment several weeks earlier failed to return it. The owners had exhausted all efforts to recover the backhoe.

After verifying the theft, the Cottonwood Heights Police entered the equipment’s information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the backhoe.

A short while later, officers with the Utah State Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division (MVED) began to pick up the silent LoJack signal coming from the stolen backhoe on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the MVED officers tracked the vehicle to the area of Fort Union Boulevard & South 230 East, where they located the backhoe, reportedly intact. The suspect was identified and detained for follow-up investigation.

 The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the backhoe on February 22, 2012 by Compact Power Inc. of Denver, Colorado.