The LoJack® System Helps Riverside County, California Sheriff’s Department Recover Stolen 2013 Vermeer Wood Chipper in 37 Minutes

  • October 2, 2013
  • recovery stories

When a company or individual spends a lot of money on equipment needed to run their business, they want to protect these assets from being taken. That’s why so many entities that either own or lease out construction equipment choose to protect their assets with the LoJack® system. Case in point- this 2013 Vermeer wood chipper stolen in California, and recovered by police assisted by LoJack in a little over a half hour after activation.

On September 9th, 2013, the Vermeer’s owner contacted Riverside Sheriff’s Southwest Station to report that their piece of equipment was stolen. Deputies verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the machine.

A short while later, Riverside Sheriff’s Flight deputies picked up the homing signal on their on board LoJack tracking computer. They tracked the machine to the area of Ellis Road and Marshall Street in Perris. Investigators assigned to the Riverside County Auto Theft Interdiction Detail (RAID) responded to the area and located the wood chipper covered by a tarp in the backyard of a private residence. Two suspects were arrested at the site. The undamaged Vermeer, with an estimated value of $30,000, was soon returned to its relieved owners.

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