renters of a 2014 Lincoln welder contacted the Texas City Police Department to
report their welder stolen. The renters
had left the welder over night at a job site and when they returned found it
missing. 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 Lincoln welder.
A short while later officers from the Houston Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Lincoln 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 Lincoln welder to a house in the 9500 block of Ballantine.
officers contacted the homeowner who stated that he had just bought a welder
and that he stored it in his garage. The
homeowner opened the garage and the welder was recovered. The homeowner had and
outstanding felony warrant and was arrested.
This is an ongoing investigation.
The welder was recovered in good condition.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Lincoln welder in October 2014 as a commercial installation.