owners of a 2014 Miller Welder contacted the Texas City Police Department to
report that their welder had been stolen.
During the night an equipment rental company was burglarized and seven
Miller welders were stolen. The Texas City 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 Miller welder.
A short while later officers from the Houston Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Miller welder 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 officers tracked the stolen welder to the 5300 block of Antha St where they observed a welder parked in the driveway. At about this time officers picked up a second LoJack signal coming from the backyard. Officers were able to get into the backyard where they found three stolen Miller welders. The one found in the driveway was also stolen. All four were stolen in the burglary. The owner of the house admitted that he had stolen these welders. He was arrested. This is an ongoing investigation. The other welders recovered were a 2011 Miller Welder, this one was also equipped with LoJack® System and two 2014 Miller welders. They were all recovered in good condition.
The total value of the other three welders stolen was $18,000.00.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 2014 Miller welder in October 2014, and in the 2011 Miller welders in May 2011 as commercial installations.