This case involves two pieces of construction equipment, a 2013 Kubota BX25 Backhoe and a 2013 Terex TX16 Excavator, that were stolen from a construction site, along with the trailers they were on. The company’s owners were both smart and careful. They protected their machines with the LoJack® system, so local police were able to recover both even though they were hidden from view.
On November 11th, 2013, a company employee contacted the Flint Township Police Department to report the crime. Officers verified the theft and entered information for both machines the state and federal crime computers. This procedure automatically activated the LoJack transponders concealed in the Kubota and the Terex.
A short while later, a police vehicle equipped with a LoJack tracking computer received the homing signals from the stolen machines, and tracked both the backhoe and the excavator to a residential garage. Members of the GAIN Auto Theft Task Force responded and recovered both machines in the garage, as well as one of the trailers on the property. The other trailer was recovered later. The suspects on site were taken into custody, and the Terex, the Kubota, and the two trailers, with a combined value of $46,125, were soon returned to the grateful construction company.
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