On November 24th the owner of a 2000 Ingersoll Rand Skid Steer Loader contacted the Riverside Sheriff’s Department to report that their skid steer loader had been stolen sometime over the weekend from their construction site. 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 loader.
Less than one hour later officers with the California State University, San Bernardino began picking up the silent signals coming from the LoJack® System installed in the stolen skid steer loader with their Police Tracking Computers (PTC) installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues on the PTC the officers tracked the stolen skid steer loader to a large fenced in piece of property in Muscoy, California. The property appeared to be some type of junk facility. The officers thought their might be additional construction property involved called the San Bernardino Auto Theft Taskforce (SANCATT) to help assist. Contact was made with the property owner who told officers that he just had purchased the skid steer loader for $3,000. SANCATT detectives are now investigating as the purchase had a video of two suspects delivering the stolen skid steer loader. This is the second time that this skid steer loader had been stolen and recovered.
The estimated total value of this recovery is $10,000
The LoJack® Stolen Vehicle Recovery System was installed on the skid steer loader in October 2006.