published Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Two stolen excavators recovered by Tennessee Highway Patrol

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Highway Patrol has recovered two pieces of stolen construction equipment worth more than $100,000.

According to the THP, a 2007 Kubota Mini Excavator was reported stolen in Murfreesboro on Nov. 26. When Murfreesboro Police entered the excavator's information into state and federal crime databases, it activated a LoJack transponder concealed in the equipment.

A THP aviation unit on a separate assignment nearly a month later detected a signal from the stolen excavator, which was discovered at a homeowner's construction site.

Information developed during the investigation led to the recovery of a second piece of stolen equipment, a 2012 Caterpillar Mini Excavator that had been stolen on Dec. 5 in Williamson County.

This case remains under investigation.

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