In a brazen daylight heist on a recent Monday, a thief drove his truck onto the property of a rental company, hooked up a towable Miller Welder and took off. The company that owned the machine was smart enough to protect its asset with the LoJack® system. Local law enforcement, with LoJack’s help, recovered the welder that same day.
On June 9th, 2014, the theft was promptly reported to the Colorado Springs PD by company employees. Officers entered the Miller’s information into the state and national crime computers as stolen, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the welder.
A short while later, investigators with the Colorado State Patrol, the CSP Aviation Unit, and the Colorado Springs Police Department B.A.T.T.L.E. Auto Theft Task Force all picked up the silent homing signals from the stolen machine on the LoJack tracking computers installed in their patrol vehicles and aircraft. The Miller was located in the backyard a private residence in Colorado Springs. The machine’s identifying serial numbers and decals had been removed and it had been spray-painted black. These actions might have thwarted a visual search but not the LoJack system. Police also found a previously stolen utility trailer on the premises. One suspect was taken into custody and the welder was quickly returned to the rental company.
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