The renter of a 2012 John Deere backhoe contacted the Dallas Police Department to report that the backhoe he rented was stolen. The renter left the backhoe at a jobsite overnight and when he returned to the jobsite the following morning found the backhoe missing.
The Dallas 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 backhoe.
Later, officers from the Dallas PD picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen backhoe with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers tracked the stolen backhoe to a house and determined that it was in the backyard. Officers tried to make contact with the homeowner but no one appeared to be home. When the officers went into the backyard, they found this stolen backhoe underneath a tarp. The backhoe was in good condition. This is an ongoing investigation.
The LoJack® System was installed in the John Deere backhoe in December 2014 via Commercial Sales.