The foreman of a construction company contacted the Detroit Public Schools Police Department to report that a 2016 Bobcat T450 Track Loader and other property was stolen overnight from a jobsite in Detroit.
Unknown suspects had entered a fenced in secured lot owned by the Detroit Public Schools. While there, they unhitched a flatbed trailer that was attached to a truck. On the trailer were a 2016 Bobcat and one attachment.
The Detroit Public Schools PD verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Bobcat.
A short while later troopers from the Michigan State Police 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 troopers tracked the Bobcat to a residential area in Detroit. The MSP Aviation Unit “Trooper One” was able to determine which rear yard the Bobcat was in.
Consent to search the property was obtained from the resident. Found under a tarp in the rear of the yard was the stolen Bobcat, the trailer and attachment. Information was obtained from the homeowner. All of the property was impounded and later returned to the owner. Because of the quick recovery, not only was the Bobcat recovered but other property before it could be sold.
Arrests are pending further investigation by the South East Auto Theft Team (SEATT) and the Detroit Public Schools PD.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Bobcat T450 Track Loader in November 2015 via Commercial Sales.