The owners of a 1996 Caterpillar skid steer tractor contacted the Oakland Police Department to report that their tractor was stolen. The tractor was taken from a job site in the city of Oakland near Hayward and Mountain Blvd sometime between Wednesday night and Saturday morning.
The Oakland 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 Caterpillar.
Less than 2 hours later, officers from the California Highway Patrol Air Ops flying Air 37 picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Caterpillar 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 tractor to a mall parking lot in the city of Hayward. The tractor was abandoned and did not sustain any damage.
The victim was contacted and responded to take possession of his tractor.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Caterpillar Skid Steer in June 2008 for a Commercial Customer in Oakland, California.