The owners of a construction company doing work in Castle Rock, Colorado, arrived at work on a Monday morning to discover that one of their Bobcat skid steer loaders had been stolen from the construction site during the nighttime. They contacted the Castle Rock Police Department and filed a crime report regarding the theft of the equipment.
A police officer verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Melroe skid steer.
Later that day officers with the Denver Police Department on routine patrol picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen 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 officers tracked the Bobcat to a property in the 3700 block of Downing Street. This location is approximately 36-miles from where the equipment was stolen.
The location of the LoJack equipped loader was verified by the PTC even though the equipment could not be seen as it was concealed. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the property and once inside recovered the stolen skid steer loader as well as a commercial flatbed trailer that had been stolen in Adams County. Both stolen pieces of equipment were impounded for evidence processing. The investigation is being continued by detectives.
The LoJack® System had been installed in the Melroe skid steer loader in 2007 at the request of the owner.