The crew of a job site in Fremont, CA arrived to work on a recent Monday morning and discovered that their rented Melroe Bobcat skid steer was missing. Luckily, the rental company that owned the machine was smart enough to protect their asset by having the LoJack® system installed. With LoJack’s help, police were able to recover the skid steer quickly and safely, even though it was almost 150 miles away from its original location.
On June 23rd, 2014, the Melroe’s owner contacted the Fremont Police to report that the machine had been stolen. Officers verified the theft and entered the equipment information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the skid steer.
The next morning, investigators with the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force picked up the silent homing signal from the stolen machine on the LoJack tracking computer installed in their undercover police vehicle. The Melroe was located being operated in Knights Ferry. Police retrieved the Bobcat, valued at $36,500, and soon returned it to the job site. The investigation is ongoing.
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