James Buchanan & Tommy Young
The owners of a 2004 International tow truck contacted the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Dept. in Tennessee to report that their vehicle was stolen from a car care center.
The Cheatham County Sheriff’s Dept. verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the International truck. A short while later troopers with the Georgia State Patrol picked up the silent LoJack® signal from the stolen International 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 troopers tracked the vehicle to a rural area of Fulton County Georgia behind a medal building.
After waiting for the employees to arrive for work the troopers were able to enter the building complex and by following the LoJack® signal they were able to locate the stolen tow truck in a wooded area behind a building. The tow bed had already been removed from the truck. The troopers returned back to the front of the business and called for a Fulton County detective to the location for further check of the surrounding area for more vehicles that were located on the property.
When the detective arrived on the scene he obtained a search warrant for the property to check for other stolen vehicles and property. After a check of the property several vehicles were found to be stolen or suspected to be stolen. After a check of one of the buildings were several pallets. Items were found to have been stolen from several merchandise companies in metro Atlanta with a value of $250 to $300 hundred thousand dollars.
The vehicles found to be stolen were a 20010 Dodge Charger, 2012 BMW 325 and the stolen International truck with LoJack®. Five trucks were towed with the serial number removed or altered. Three arrests were made at the location and more expected. The value of the two vehicles that were identified as stolen was $22.000 dollars.
The other vehicles with altered or removed seral numbers were four heavy duty trucks.
2-2014 Nissan U D trucks - value Appx $18,000 per truck
2- Hino Heavy Duty trucks - Value appx $18,000 per truck