The owners of a 2016 John Deere 310L contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Palmdale Station to report that their John Deere Backhoe was stolen from a job site.
The LASD verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the John Deere Backhoe.
Detectives from TRAP (Task Force for Regional Auto theft Prevention) were notified of the theft. The detectives responded to the last known address where the John Deere Backhoe was parked. The detectives picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen John Deere with the portable LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are assigned to their detail. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the detectives tracked the stolen backhoe to the area of the 9800 block of S-6 Street in the city of Littlerock. The detectives were able to observe the stolen Backhoe in the rear yard of a private residence. The backhoe was covered with a tarp, brush, trees, mud and the emblems were removed to disguise it from any airship. The detectives conducted an investigation at the location and made contact with the occupants of the residence, who then notified the suspect to return to the location. The suspect was observed walking up to the residence and was taken into custody for auto theft related charges without incident. The suspect admitted to taking the Backhoe and driving it to his residence.
The John Deere Backhoe was released to the owner.
The LoJack® System was installed in the John Deere in October 2015 at Commercial Sales in Dubuque, Iowa.