San Marcus Police Use LoJack to Recover Melroe Front Loader Stolen from San Antonio Job Site

  • March 30, 2013
  • recovery stories

On the morning of February 25, 2013 a construction crew arrived at their work site on IH-10 in San Antonio to discover a 2007 Melroe Skid Steer Front Loader missing. The foreman on the job immediately notified Sun State Rentals and filed a theft report with the San Antonio Police Department.

San Antonio Police verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Melroe Skid Steer loader.

Later that night, officers from the San Marcus Police Department picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Skid Steer on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the officers located a pickup towing the skid steer loader traveling southbound on I-35 in San Marcus. The driver of the truck was from Corpus Christi and claimed that he had just purchased the loader from a seller on Craig’s List. He produced a bill of sale for $9,800 as proof of purchase. In addition, the driver produced photos on his phone of the person and vehicle that delivered the loader to him in Austin. Investigation is continuing by SAPD task force officers; two arrests are pending.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Melroe skid steer on August 27, 2008 at Sunstate in San Antonio, Texas. The total value of the recovered assets was $12,500.