The manager of a rental company contacted the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department to report that a 2016 Bobcat Skid Steer S70 Loader had been stolen from the customer several days earlier at the job site north of Phoenix.
The Maricopa 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 Bobcat.
Five minutes later, troopers from the Arizona Highway Patrol picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen construction equipment 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 troopers tracked the stolen construction equipment to the area of 27th Avenue and Deer Valley Road in Phoenix, approximately twenty miles from the reported theft location.
The troopers tracked the LoJack signal to a shed behind a mobile home. Contact was made with the occupant at the mobile home. Consent was granted to look in the shed where troopers located the stolen Bobcat. The male subject advised that an acquaintance had parked the stolen Bobcat in the shed. The stolen construction equipment was recovered in good condition and returned to the rental company at the scene. Follow up investigation is being conducted with charges pending.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Bobcat Skid Steer in March 2016 by Commercial Sales.