LoJack® System Helps Law Enforcement Recover Stolen Melroe Bobcat T-190 Skid Steer Loader

  • December 4, 2015
  • recovery stories

The operator arrived at their construction site and discovered the 2011 Melroe Bobcat T-190 skid steer loader, that they parked the previous night, was missing from the job site. The supervisor contacted the North Port Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen sometime during the night. The responding officer prepared a stolen vehicle report, theft affidavit and had the vehicle’s information entered into the state and federal crime information computers.

Shortly thereafter, while on routine patrol, a Miami-Dade Police Department officer picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Bobcat T-190 skid steer loader on their on-board LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC). The officer began tracking the stolen Bobcat by following the directional and audible cues on the PTC screen. The officer, along with their backup, located a large 2005 Freightliner box truck where the LoJack signal was emanating from. The on-duty district detective responded to assist the officers in what was necessary to recover the Bobcat. The detective and officers concluded that the best thing for them to do at this point was to tow the Freightliner and its content until a search warrant was obtained. The truck and its contents were towed to the police impound yard to wait for the warrant. The responding detective along with an auto theft detective unit responded to the tow yard. They contacted the owner of the truck who advised that their truck was stolen. The owner responded to the tow yard to claim their truck and give consent to open the rear door of the truck. Upon opening the door, the detectives discovered the stolen skid steer loader. The skid steer 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 Melroe Bobcat T-190 skid steer loader in October 2011.