The owners of a commercial company contacted the Harris County Sheriff’s Department to report that the following incident took place at their business. Their video recorded three (3) subjects cut the security fence and then entered the property. The subjects then opened the gate and drove the 2014 Peterbilt truck tractor with a Load King trailer attached that was loaded with two 2006 Case backhoes thru the gate and left the business in an unknown direction.
The Harris County SD deputies verified the theft and entered all the vehicles’ information into the State and Federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Peterbilt and both Case backhoes.
A short while later, officers from the Houston Police Department began to pick up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen vehicles 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 officers tracked the truck and trailer to 9000 block of Knight Road where the truck and trailer were parked and abandoned behind a warehouse complex. The first backhoe was tracked to an address not too far from this location on Singre Street by other officers.
Other officers picked up the number two backhoe signal several miles away on 12000 Schumire Street off of Beltway East. This backhoe was hidden in a wooded area. All property was released into the owner’s custody. This is an ongoing investigation; officers are attempting to identify suspects from the video and evidence gathered at the recovery location.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Peterbilt in April 2014 and the Case backhoes in May 2006 via Commercial Sales.