This Bobcat skid steer loader was stolen sometime during a two-day period from a gravel pit located in the southern part of Thurston County. When the theft was discovered, it was reported to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office who verified the report and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Bobcat.
A Washington State Patrol Aviation unit was notified of the theft, flew over the area of the theft and soon acquired the LoJack signal from the stolen Bobcat on the Police Tracking Computer (PTC) installed in the aircraft. Following directional and audible cues from the PTC, the machine was located near 191st and Sargent Rodd outside of Rochester. A trooper on the ground and a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office responded and made the recovery.
The Bobcat was returned to the owner with no visible damage. Suspect information was developed and the case is under investigation.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Bobcat in June 2016 via Commercial Sales.