LoJack® System in Stolen Bobcat Leads to Identification and Recovery of 11 Stolen Vehicles by the Puget Sound Auto Theft Task Force

  • August 27, 2018
  • Law Enforcement

The owner of a white 2011 Melroe Bobcat T-190 came home from work to find his Bobcat and trailer had been stolen from the driveway in the 7500 block of 12th Ave SW, Seattle.  The theft was immediately reported to the Seattle Police Department.  Seattle PD verified the theft and entered the stolen vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Bobcat.

Members of the Puget Sound Auto Theft Task Force were notified of the theft and began searching with their LoJack®  Police Tracking Computer- Transportable (PTC-T).  Within a very short time, two detectives picked up the silent LoJack® signal being emitted from the stolen Bobcat.  Utilizing the audible and visual signals of the PTC-T, the detectives were able to navigate and isolate the signal to a square block in a wooded residential area in unincorporated Auburn, WA.  The suspect property was completely fenced with a locked gate and “beware of dog” signs.   Shortly thereafter, a Washington State Patrol Aviation unit also received a silent signal being emitted from the Bobcat with the LoJack® Police Tracking Computer (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft.  The pilot receiving the signal could see a white Bobcat with “T-190” on the side amongst multiple other vehicles on the suspect property.

Utilizing this information, detectives applied for and were granted a search warrant to enter the property and recover the stolen Bobcat.  During the search warrant, the Bobcat on the property was confirmed to be the stolen Bobcat out of Seattle Police Department that was emitting the silent LoJack® signal.  Detectives recovered a total of eleven (11) stolen vehicles from the property with a total value of over $90,000. Criminal charges are pending for the suspect in this case.

The LoJack® System was installed in 2011 by Bobcat West/ Pape of Tacoma/Fife when purchased