When a construction crew arrived at their job site in San Antonio, TX on a recent Tuesday, they discovered that their rented 2011 John Deere 318D Skid Steer Loader was missing. The rental company that owned the machine had protected it with the LoJack® system, so local law enforcement recovered it despite its very unusual hiding place.
On June 24th, 2014, the rental customer contacted the San Antonio Police Department to report that the front loader was stolen. 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 skid steer loader.
A while later, a Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Department deputy picked up the silent homing signals from the stolen machine on the LoJack tracking Computer installed in his patrol vehicle. The deputy requested assistance from a San Antonio PD helicopter. The flight crew directed the ground unit to the location of the John Deere, which was hidden in a grove of trees on a large parcel of land. The loader, valued at $33,000, was recovered and soon returned to the job site. The investigation is ongoing.
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