On September 17th a person who had rented a 2014 Bobcat Skid Steer Loader from a local equipment rental company contacted the Benton County Sheriff’s Department to report the equipment stolen. The Sheriff’s Department verified the theft and entered the equipment’s information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the stolen skid steer.
On October 16th a pilot with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Troop O Air Support unit began picking up the silent signals coming from the LoJack® System installed in the stolen skid steer with their Police Tracking Computers (PTC) installed in their aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues on the PTC the pilot tracked the stolen skid steer to a farm in a rural area of Gentry, Arkansas. The pilot alerted the County Sheriff’s Department of the location of the stolen skid steer. The deputies located the skid steer on the farm, hidden in a wooded area of the property. A suspect was arrested.
The estimated value of this recovery is $38,000
The LoJack® Stolen Vehicle Recovery System was installed on the skid steer in May, 2014.