When a construction equipment rental company was unable to contact one of their customers, they realized that false company information had been provided and immediately reported their 2012 Melroe Bobcat had been stolen. Because the machine was protected with the LoJack® system, local police were able to recover it that same day.
On May 7th, 2014, the rental company reported the crime to the California Highway Patrol in Contra Costa. CHP verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers. The LoJack transponder concealed in the Bobcat was then automatically activated.
Several hours later, CHP Unit Air-37 picked up the silent homing signals from the stolen machine on the LoJack tracking computer installed in their patrol aircraft. The Melroe was located in North Concord, in possession of the thief. The suspect was taken into custody, and the undamaged Bobcat was returned to the rental location.
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