The foreman at a jobsite in Southfield, Michigan reported to work to discover that a dump truck, trailer, and a 2018 John Deere 317 had been stolen overnight. The foreman contacted the Southfield Police Department to report that all three vehicles had been stolen. Southfield Police verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the John Deere.
Three minutes later troopers from the Michigan State Police picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen John Deer 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 vehicle to a field in a commercial area of Detroit.
It appeared that the suspects had been using the John Deere to clear debris in the area. The stolen John Deere Skid Steer Loader was impounded and later returned to the owner. The troopers checked the area for the stolen dump truck and trailer but were unable to locate them at that time. This matter is to be further investigated by the Michigan State Police.
The LoJack® System was installed in the John Deere 317 Skid Steer Loader in June 2018 through Commercial Sales.