This John Deere excavator was stolen from a jobsite located in the 1400 block of Flower Avenue in Port Orchard. When the theft was discovered, it was immediately reported to the Port Orchard Police Department 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 excavator.
Just over one hour later, a Washington State Patrol Cessna flying over Shelton picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen John Deere excavator. The pilots followed directional and audible cues from the Police Tracking Computer (PTC) installed in the Cessna and located the machine in the 300 Block of East Sandy Lake Road, north of Shelton. The Washington State Patrol troopers on the ground were advised and responded to the location. The excavator was abandoned and apparently undamaged. The investigation continues by detectives.
The LoJack® System was installed in this John Deere excavator in July 2011 via Commercial Sales.