The owners of a2018 Melroe Bobcat Skid steer loader contacted the Los Angeles Sheriff’s East LA station to report that their vehicle was stolen. Deputies’ 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 .
A short while later a detective from TRAP picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Bobcat 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 detective tracked the vehicle to the area of Highway 138 and 230th St West, which was in the middle of the high desert 45 miles out of Los Angeles. Due to the lateness, the detective returned the next day and was able to locate the Bobcat wedged in a grove of Yucca Cactus. The TRAP North team was present and noticed wheel tracks leading from the recovered Bobcat to a shed about 700 feet away.
The TRAP detectives followed the trail and discovered two stolen Chevrolet Silverado trucks and one Ford F250. One of the Silverado’s been stripped of the engine and transmission. All three vehicles had been stolen from the Los Angeles area. Also discovered was a large amount of scaffolding as well as items from construction sites.
No suspect was at the location and detectives think they might be able to identify the responsible party. Investigations continue.
Residual recovery values $38,000
The LoJack® System was installed in the Bobcat at the Bobcat factory in March 2018.