The owner of a 2015 John Deere 310K EP backhoe contacted the Albuquerque Police Department to report their machine was stolen. The owner, a rental company, advised the Deere was out on rent for a job site in the area of Interstate 25 and Gibson. The renter discovered the Deere was missing from the job site. The Albuquerque PD verified the theft and entered the machine information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the John Deere.
Approximately 9 minutes after the activation, flight officers with the Albuquerque PD Air-5 picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Deere with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in their patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, Air-5 tracked the LoJack signal to the area of Central and Atrisco. This information was provided to officers on the ground.
An Albuquerque PD officer driving a marked unit equipped with a PTC entered the area and picked up the LoJack signal. The Officer tracked the stolen Deere to a residence in the area of Central and 47th Street. Members of the New Mexico Auto Theft Task Force heard the radio traffic and entered the area. Surveillance was established on the stolen Deere and a search warrant was obtained.
The New Mexico ATTF executed the search warrant but did not make contact with any subjects on the property. The Deere was recovered from the property and the rental company was notified of the recovery. The rental company arrived on scene and took possession of the Deere. The ATTF are currently working leads in this caper in hopes of bringing charges to the offender(s).
The LoJack® System was installed in the John Deere 310K EP backhoe in January 2015 via Commercial Sales in Dubuque, Iowa.