A commercial construction equipment rental company contacted the Manteca Police Department to report that a 2018 Magnum Towable Light Tower had been stolen. The equipment had been out on rent and the renter advised it was discovered missing from a shopping center parking lot in the 200 block of Spreckels Avenue. The Manteca Police Department verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the 2018 Magnum Light Tower.
A short while after the LoJack activation, an Investigator from the Manteca Police Department, who is assigned to the San Joaquin County Auto Theft Task Force (Delta RATT) began receiving the LoJack signal from the stolen light tower 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 investigator tracked the stolen light tower to a residence in the 200 block of E. Alameda Street. Investigators from the Auto Theft Task Force made contact at the residence, and a female admitted the light tower was on the property. The Female advised she had just purchased the light tower after seeing it advertised for sale on an internet site. The female is cooperating with investigators to attempt to identify the person she purchased the light tower from.
The stolen 2018 Magnum Light Tower was recovered by the Delta RATT investigators and the rental company responded to the scene to retrieve their equipment.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 2018 Magnum Light Tower in July of 2018, for the commercial customer.