The owner of a 2014 Caterpillar Mini Excavator contacted the Nichols Hills Police Department to report that their equipment was stolen from a construction job site in Nichols Hills, Oklahoma.
The Nichols Hills PD verified the theft and entered the equipment information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activates the LoJack® System concealed in the Caterpillar.
Later a pilot with the Oklahoma Highway Air Unit Troop 0 picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Caterpillar with the LoJack Tracking Computer (PTC) installed in patrol cars and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC the pilot was able to direct an OHP ground unit into a heavily wood rural area near I-40 and HWY 62 near Castle, OK. The OHP Trooper using the onboard PTC installed in his patrol car successfully tracked and recovered the excavator. It was located in the area the pilot had directed him. The Caterpillar was impounded pending notification of the owner and further investigation of the theft.
The LoJack® Vehicle Recovery System was installed in this Caterpillar Excavator 10/28/2014.