LoJack Helps Philadelphia Police Recover Ingersoll Rand Air Compressor Stolen in Burglary

  • April 1, 2013
  • recovery stories

On Tuesday morning, February 26, 2013, the owner of a construction company in Southwest Philadelphia arrived at his establishment to discover that it had been burglarized. The company owner reviewed surveillance video and discovered that an unknown male had cut a hole in the fenced storage yard and entered a 2002 Ford company vehicle. The male is observed in the surveillance video as he drove the truck towing an Ingersoll Rand Compressor to the front gate of the storage yard. The male can then be seen cutting the lock from the gate and subsequently driving off with both the truck loaded with tools and the compressor.

The company owner called 911 and Philadelphia Police Radio dispatched an officer to investigate the incident. The officer arrived on location, interviewed the complainant and notified the Philadelphia Police Southwest Detective Division regarding the burglary. After verifying the theft, the officer had the equipment’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the air compressor.

A short while later, officers from the Upper Darby Police Department and Philadelphia Police Department picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen compressor on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the officers tracked the vehicle to the 1000 block of 68th Street and notified the assigned detective. The detective arrived on location, processed the compressor for physical evidence and subsequently returned the compressor to the company owner. The stolen truck, which was not LoJack protected, is still being sought by police. The burglary remains under investigation by Philadelphia Police Southwest Detective Division.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the 2011 Ingersoll Rand Compressor on August 11, 2011 at the Carusone Construction Company in Philadelphia.