Two Arrested for Theft of Stolen Miller Welder, Admit to Attempting to Sell Welder on Internet

  • June 7, 2012
  • recovery stories

On the morning of April 27, 2012, the owner of a 2006 Miller Welder reported the equipment stolen to the Benbrook Police Department. The responding officer completed a stolen vehicle report and had the equipment’s information entered into the state and federal crime computer systems. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the welder. Neither the owner nor law enforcement agents had to do anything else to activate the LoJack Vehicle Recovery Network, because LoJack’s interface with law enforcement is both seamless and instantaneous.

Less than thirty minutes later, officers with the Fort Worth Police Department picked up the silent LoJack homing signal on the LoJack Police Tracking Computer installed in their police vehicle.  Following the directional and signal strength cues on the computer, the officers tracked the stolen welder to a moving van parked in a lot. Officers set up surveillance and observed a second moving van enter the lot.  The second van parked beside the first. Two suspects climbed out of the second moving van and began taking pictures of the welder.  The suspects then got back into the second moving van and drove off.  The officers quickly stopped the van; inside the vehicle they discovered property that had been stolen during two house burglaries. The suspects admitted that they had taken pictures of the welder with the intent of selling it on the internet.  The suspects were arrested.  Investigation revealed that the suspects had committed six burglaries the same day they stole this welder. 

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed at the previous owner’s request on February 3, 2006.