In August 2018, the owner of a 2016 Takeuchi Skid Steer contacted the Gwinnett County Police Department, Lawrenceville, Ga., to report that the equipment had been stolen from a job site. The owner reported that the skid steer was taken sometime over a 4 day time frame.
The Gwinnett County Police Department verified the theft and entered the equipment information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Takeuchi..
After the skid steer was entered into the national crime computer data base, a Trooper with the Tennessee Highway Patrol Aviation Unit picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Takeuchi 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 Trooper tracked the equipment to a residence located in a rural area of White County Tennessee. The Trooper observed the Takeuchi Skid steer behind a metal building and directed ground units from the Tennessee Highway Patrol Criminal Investigation Unit and the Tennessee Department of Revenue Anti-Theft Unit to the residence. The Investigators on the ground made contact with the property owner who gave consent to search the property. The property owner told the Investigators that he purchased the Takeuchi from an individual in Atlanta, Ga. Upon searching the property and examining the other vehicles and trailers it was determined that the below listed vehicles were also stolen from various jurisdictions from Georgia and Tennessee.
- 2005 Chevrolet Silverado Pick-Up Tuck
- 2000 Chevrolet Silverado Pick-Up Truck
- 2006 Ford F-350 Pick-Up Truck
- 2014 Yamaha YEM700 ATV
- 2003 Yamaha Grizzly 660 ATV
- 1996 Pace enclosed trailer
All of the stolen vehicles were recovered and returned to the owners to include the 2016 Takeuchi Skid Steer. The case is still an ongoing investigation, however the property owner who was in possession of all the stolen vehicles could be facing charges of Possession of Stolen Property as well as Title Fraud depending on the outcome of the investigation
The LoJack® System was installed in the Takeuchi Skid steer in May 2016 through Direct Sales Commercial Customer.