The owners of a construction company contacted the Adams County Sheriff’s Office to report that a 2013 W.W. enclosed utility trailer containing tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of construction tools and equipment had been stolen from a construction site near Pecos and I-76. A Sheriff’s Deputy verified the theft and had the vehicle information entered into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the trailer.
Minutes later officers with the Thornton Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen W.W. Utility Trailer with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officer tracked the trailer to a residence near the 10000 block of Umatilla Way in Thornton. There they found the trailer parked on the street.
Investigating officers spoke with an individual at the residence. He told the police that he had been telephoned by “a friend” who told him that he was having vehicle trouble with his truck and was requesting assistance towing a trailer. The individual complied, towed the trailer and parked it in front of his own home expecting that “the friend” would retrieve it later. On being informed by the police that the trailer was stolen the individual immediately provided full information on “the friend” who had set him up.
Unfortunately for the individual who had done the towing he had several unrelated arrest warrants issued for him and was taken into custody.
A likely suspect has been identified and the investigation is continuing by Adams County SO and Thornton PD Detectives.
The LoJack® System was installed in the W.W. Utility Trailer in 2013 at the request of the construction company in order to protect their trailer and its valuable contents in case it was ever stolen.