The owner of a 2005 Kenworth T-800 dump truck was advised by one of their drivers that the truck was missing from a storage facility where a mechanic had been repairing it. They contacted the Lee County Sheriff’s Office to report their Kenworth stolen. The responding deputy 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 Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputy picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen T-800 dump truck on their on-board LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC) near Golden Gate Boulevard and 5th Street, S.W. The deputy began tracking the stolen dump truck by following the directional and audible cues on the PTC screen. The deputy, along with their backup, located the dump truck in the 1400 block of 9th Street S.W. in the Golden Gate section of East Naples. The dump truck was parked on the side of a house where there were two flat-bed trailers which had their vehicle identification numbers removed and no license plates. Inside of the garage was a partially dismantled semi-truck. Also located was a dismantled 2013 Honda CBR 1000 motorcycle that was reported stolen two nights before from an apartment complex. This location was designated as a “chop shop” as it had all the criteria’s to identify it as one. The dump truck was recovered, released to the owner, who responded to the scene, towed by their designated tow company as it couldn’t be started and removed from state and federal crime information computer systems.
It should be noted that the owner had no idea that the previous owner had installed a LoJack® System on their truck. The owner was so impressed the way the LoJack® System worked, they were in the process of ordering three more for the rest of their fleet. It should be noted that this is the second time that this truck has been stolen. The last time was in Rhode Island where it too was successfully recovered with the use of the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 2005 Kenworth T-800 dump truck in July 2004 at Kenworth of Central Florida in Orlando.