CHP Officers Recover Stolen Skip Loader, Other Equipment, Before it Could Leave US

  • June 12, 2012
  • recovery stories

After the owners reported their vehicle stolen to law enforcement, the vehicle information was entered into the state and nationwide stolen vehicle system (SVS/NCIC) computer. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle, prompting it to begin emitting a silent homing signal. Neither the owners nor law enforcement had to do anything else to activate the LoJack Vehicle Recovery Network, as LoJack’s interface with the police is both seamless and instantaneous.

On May 9, 2012, minutes after the LoJack activation, an officer from the California Highway Patrol picked up the signal from the victim’s stolen 2005 Caterpillar Skip Loader. The officer and back-up units tracked the signal to a shipping warehouse in the city of Carson. Their investigation found the vehicle had been brought to the location by a flatbed tow truck. The victim’s company names had been removed from the Skip Loader. The Skip Loader was to be shipped out of the US. The shipper provided the officer with a list of other equipment that the person had shipped through his company. Three pieces of construction equipment were found to be stolen. The case is being handled by the CHP ISU Investigators.