Within three minutes after the owners of a 2005 John Deere Skip Loader reported it stolen and the vehicle information was entered into the National Crime Information Center computers, flight deputies with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the air.
The signal was tracked to a property where the stolen loader was observed. Responding ground units were directed to the location and verified that it was the stolen skip loader. Police spoke to the occupant of the property, who claimed he knew nothing about the stolen loader.
While speaking with the occupant, the deputies observed a large cache of weapons, so the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Bomb Squad took over the investigation. The recovery not only included the skip loader, it also netted illegal weapons, a large amount of ammunition, live hand grenades and body armor.