Caterpillar Backhoe Stolen, Advertised on Internet and Sold — Recovered Quickly with LoJack

  • January 15, 2012
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On January 3, 2012, the owner of a 2000 Caterpillar backhoe reported his construction equipment stolen to the Columbia Police Department. This action triggered the LoJack unit concealed inside the backhoe to begin emitting a silent radio signal. This signal can be tracked by law enforcementofficers  in patrol vehicles equipped with Police Tracking Computers (PTCs), installed by the LoJack Corporation.


The following day, an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Officer detected the signal on his PTC and tracked the signal to a backwoods residential lot in a remote area on Lake Marion. The owner of the lot stated he bought the Caterpillar from an internet ad two weeks before it was stolen. The backhoe was delivered to the site four days before it was missed and reported stolen! A joint investigation with both Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office and the Columbia Police Department is continuing.