The owners of a 2004 Melroe Bobcat Model 334 Excavator contacted the Maryland State Police to report that their excavator was stolen from a job site in the area of US 301 and Maryland Route 4 in the Forestville area of Prince George’s County, Maryland.
The Maryland State Police verified the theft and entered the excavator information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Bobcat.
A short while later flight officers from the Prince George’s County Police Department aviation unit and the WAVE Unit picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Bobcat with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in their patrol vehicles and helicopters. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the flight officers and detectives tracked the Bobcat to the 6200 block Talbott Road in the Lothian area of Prince George’s County, Maryland. At that location, detectives observed the excavator stored. Detectives recovered the excavator, identified the suspect and obtained a charging document for the theft of the unit.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 2004 Melroe Bobcat Model 334 in January 2006 at Commercial Sales in Boston, Massachusetts.