When a Kubota Mini Excavator was stolen from a job site in Murfreesboro, TN, recently, the machine’s owner knew that thieves often target construction equipment. Protecting his asset with the LoJack® system was a smart move. Local police, with LoJack’s help, recovered both the Mini Excavator and another stolen machine, at a residential work site,
On November 26th, 2013, the Kubota’s owner contacted the Murfreesboro Police Department to report the crime. Officers verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Mini Excavator.
A short while later, a Tennessee Highway Patrol Aviation Unit picked up the homing signal from the stolen machine on the LoJack tracking computer installed in their aircraft. The flight crew directed the Tennessee Highway Patrol Criminal Investigation Division to the address. The Kubota was located at a residence where excavation work was being done. Another stolen piece of construction equipment was found at the same location. The undamaged Mini Excavator was soon returned to the owner’s job site.
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