On Tuesday morning, January 15th, 2013, the operator of a Melroe Bobcat skid steer loader contacted the Davie Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from their construction job site on I-595 in Davie, Florida. The responding officer prepared a stolen vehicle report and theft affidavit and had the equipment’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine police procedure automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Bobcat skid steer loader.
A short while later, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen skid steer loader on their on-board LoJack Police Tracking computer (PTC). Following the directional and audible cues on their PTC’s screen, the officer, along with their backup from Davie PD, located the piece of construction equipment not far from where it was reported stolen. A member of another construction company, thinking that it was his skid steer loader, started it up (as it has a common ignition key) and drove it over to his section of the construction job site. After everything was straightened out, the vehicle was recovered, released to the proper operator and removed from federal and state crime computer systems.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Melroe Bobcat skid steer loader on November 18, 2009 and has been protecting it ever since.