The operator of a 2011 Case 580 combination backhoe/front end loader arrived at their construction jobsite and discovered that the loader was missing. The operator contacted the Miami-Dade Schools 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.
Immediately upon activation, a Miami Shores Police Department officer picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Case 580 on their 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 officer along with officers from the Miami-Dade PD and Miami Gardens Police Department, who also tracked the stolen backhoe, converged upon the empty lot at the corner of Northeast 6th Avenue and 123rd Street, where the piece of construction equipment was located. The combination backhoe/front end loader was recovered, released to the owner, who responded to the scene and removed from state and federal crime information computer systems.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 2011 Case 580 combination backhoe/front end loader in April 2011.