On Tuesday July 10, 2012, the owner of a 2006 CASE Backhoe contacted the NYPD Staten Island 122nd precinct to report that their backhoe was stolen from a job site in Staten Island, where they were currently doing a construction job.
When the officers from the 122nd precinct arrived at the scene they took a written report. This information was then entered into the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) computers which automatically activated the LoJack silent tracking signal.
A short while later, police officers from the Staten Island Auto Larceny Unit picked up the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen backhoe on the Police Tracking Computer installed in their patrol vehicle. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the Officers tracked the backhoe to a newly developed residential area in Staten Island. There they found the backhoe secretly concealed in a wooded area. They staked the machine out for a short while, however when no one came for it they took the backhoe into custody.
The backhoe was recovered in excellent condition, without any damage. However on inspection by the owner, who was present at the scene he noticed that the brand name CASE had been covered up with HERTZ stickers. This was apparently done to disguise the machine. Although it may have altered the machines appearance, it did not alter the LoJack signal which enabled the Police to track it. The owner was elated that his machine was recovered so quickly thanks to LoJack he can now continue on with his work at his present job site.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the 2006 CASE Backhoe.
NOTE: Portions of this story were obtained from the New York City Police Department/Staten Island NY