The owner of this 2014 Multiquip generator contacted the Kern County Sheriff’s Department to report that the generator had been stolen from a jobsite. The Kern County SD verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Multiquip generator.
Just minutes after the LoJack was activated, investigators from the KernCatt, the Kern County Auto Theft Task Force, picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen generator with the LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the investigators tracked the generator to the vicinity of Kimber Avenue and Weed Patch Highway in southeast Bakersfield. The location of the generator was isolated to a large commercial property containing thousands of wood pallets stacked very high around the exterior, preventing investigators from seeing into the property. The property was secured and a search warrant was obtained.
Stolen Generator, Welder, Backhoe, Honda Ridgeline, Chevrolet Pick-up Recovered
Upon serving the search warrant, investigators located the stolen generator among the piles of pallets. In addition, the search resulted in the recovery of a 2012 Multiquip generator, another 2014 Multiquip generator, a 2008 Miller welder, a 2011 John Deere backhoe, a 2007 Honda Ridgeline and a 2007 Chevrolet 2500. All of these assets were found to be stolen. An adult male suspect was detained, questioned and ultimately arrested for vehicle theft, possession of stolen property and operating a chop shop.
The LoJack® System was installed in this Multiquip Generator in December 2014 by LoJack Commercial Sales.