In June 2018 a customer rented a 2018 Doosan Bobcat Skid Steer from an equipment rental company in Charlotte, NC. The customer did not return the equipment at the end of the contract and also defaulted on the rental payments. The equipment rental company made numerous attempts to contact the customer, however, the customer would not respond. The customer was known to work in the Winton-Salem, Greensboro, and Charlotte North Carolina areas. The Skid Steer was equipped with a GPS; however, the equipment rental company lost any tracking capabilities in August 2018.
In September 2018, after several attempts to find the Skid Steer on various job sites that the customer was known frequent, including the last known location from the GPS, the equipment rental company contacted the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and reported it stolen. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department verified the theft and entered the construction equipment’s information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Bobcat Skid Steer.
After the Bobcat Skid Steer was entered into the national crime computer data base, a Deputy with the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, Concord, NC, which is located in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Metro Area, 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 Deputy tracked the vehicle to a residence nearly 70 miles away from the last known GPS location in August.
The Bobcat Skid Steer was recovered and returned to the owner; however the trailer that was also rented along with the Skid Steer and not equipped with a LoJack tracking device, was not located at the scene.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Doosan Bobcat Skid Steer in February 2018 at Commercial Sales.