The owners of a 2014 Melrose Bobcat commercial equipment contacted the Desert Hot Springs Police Department to report that his vehicle was stolen from a construction yard in the city of Desert Hot Springs.
The Desert Hot Springs PD verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Melrose.
A short while later, deputies from the Riverside County Sherriff’s Department (Air Unit) picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Melrose Bobcat 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 deputies tracked the machine to a rural desert area. Investigators from the Riverside County Auto Theft Interdiction Detail (RAID) were contacted and responded to the area. They tracked it, found it abandoned at Little Morongo and Dillon. The investigation is ongoing.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Melrose Bobcat in October 2014 via Commercial Sales.