The owner of a 2012 Melrose Skid Steer Tractor reported the theft of Skid Steer and Trailer to Athens Clarke County Police. Athens Clarke County Police verified the theft and had the vehicle information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine action automatically activated the Silent LoJack® System concealed in the Skid Steer.
A Trooper with the Georgia State Patrol picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Skid Steer with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTCs) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from his PTC, the Officer tracked the vehicle to Green County. The Skid Steer was located at a residence off the main roadway. After the Trooper requested assistance from Greene County Sheriff’s Office they began checking the property. They located the Skid Steer and the Trailer that were stolen from Athens. They also located another Industrial Trailer that when checked was reported stolen from Bostwick, Ga two weeks earlier in Morgan County. A Ford F250 was also located that has not been positively identified as of yet but no one on property could produce ownership papers and the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) displayed had no history for several years. A Ford F-150 was located with a changed VIN and identification showed that it had been reported stolen out of Greensboro, Ga in September 2013. A Ford Explorer Sport Trac was also located that had been reported stolen in Newton County in March 2009. A Polaris Ranger 700 was identified as stolen from Walton County in July 2015.
The property owner arrived and was arrested by Officers on scene. He finally admitted that he had done wrong. In all, seven vehicles/Trailers were recovered from the property as a result of the LoJack Tracker installed in the Skid Steer Tractor. One subject was arrested with multiple Felony charges. The investigation is ongoing as to suspect’s involvement in additional crimes.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Skid Steer in August 2015 by a commercial establishment in Athens, Ga.