The manager of a local farming operation discovered that a Ford F750 water truck had been stolen from the equipment storage yard over the weekend. The theft was reported to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department. The Fresno County SD verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Ford.
About five minutes after the LoJack was activated, officers from the Los Banos Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Ford with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in police vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers tracked the asset to a ranch in the 1700 block of Plow Camp Road outside of Los Banos. The officers observed the asset parked near a barn on the property. A male adult at the location informed that officers that another male had driven the truck to the location just before they had arrived. The unidentified male fled on foot when he saw the officers approaching. A search of the area for the second male was unsuccessful.
The Ford Truck was recovered intact and undamaged; it was released to the farm manager at the recovery site.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford in April 2006 by California Commercial Sales.