This case involves a 2011 John Deere Skid Steer Loader taken from a construction site in New Castle, OK. The company owners wanted to make sure their assets were protected, so they had the LoJack® system installed on this machine. With LoJack’s assistance, local police were able to recover the loader that very same day.
On April 29th, 2014, the John Deere’s owner contacted the New Castle Police Department. Officers verified the theft and entered the machine information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the skid steer loader.
A short while later, a pilot with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop O Air Support Unit picked up the silent homing signal from the stolen equipment with the LoJack tracking computer installed in the aircraft. The John Deere was located in a rural area in New Castle. Ground units with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Norman and New Castle Police Departments closed in on the location and found the machine hidden in a wooded area, which may have foiled a visual-only search but couldn’t avoid detection with LoJack. The skid steer loader, in good condition, was recovered and returned to the job site.
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