The owners of a 2008 Lincoln Vantage 300 welder contacted the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to report that their equipment was hitched to a GMC 3500 truck that was stolen from a construction site in the unincorporated city of Romo Land.
The Riverside County SD verified the theft and entered the equipment information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Lincoln Welder.
A short while later Investigators from the Riverside County Auto Theft Interdiction Detail 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 Investigators tracked the equipment to a rural neighborhood located in the 22000 block of Cougar Street in the city of Mead Valley. The equipment was located in the rear yard of the residence so a search warrant was obtained.
Other Riverside County Auto Theft Interdiction Investigators responded to assist in the case. Further investigation resulted in the recovery of a stolen 1997 Ford F250, a stolen 2010 Special Construction Trailer, a stolen 1993 Carson Trailer and a 1997 Yamaha Motorcycle. The investigation led them to the location where the suspect lived and that resulted in his arrest and the recovery of the stolen 1998 GMC 3500 truck that was originally stolen with the attached Lincoln Welder.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Lincoln Vantage 300 Welder in May 2013 in Sacramento, California.