The operator of a 2001 Caterpillar 252B skid steer loader arrived on their job site and discovered that their piece of construction equipment that they were using on the site was missing. They contacted the Miami-Dade Police Department to report that their machine was stolen sometime during the weekend. The responding officer prepared a stolen vehicle report, theft affidavit and had the machine’s information entered into the state and federal crime information computers.
Later that afternoon a Miami-Dade PD officer picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen 252B skid steer loader on the on-board LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC). The officer began tracking the stolen machine by following the directional and audible cues on the PTC screen. The signal led the officer to a field near S.W. 224th Street and 122nd Avenue. The officer could not see the skid steer loader, so they requested MDPD Aviation unit to do a “fly by.” The aviation unit observed the loader and advised the ground units where it was located. The skid steer loader was recovered, towed to the police impound yard for safekeeping and removed from state and federal crime information computer systems.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 2001 Caterpillar 252B skid steer loader in September 2009.