“The Look on His Face”
A family in California is grateful for modern technology after having the foresight to attach an Apple AirTag to their expensive electric bike, which landed them at the thief’s doorstep.
Johnny Ehrman relies on her $3,000 e-bike for her daily commute to school and work. She was devastated to discover her trusty bike had been stolen while she was at work.
“I ride about 12 miles a day,” Ehrman said FOX 11 Los Angeles. “I cried in front of my workplace. Some of my colleagues actually said, ‘What’s going on? Where’s your bike?’”
Ehrman said she left the pedals and wheel locked and removed the battery, but the bike was not attached to a fixed object.
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However, Ehrman had the foresight to purchase and place a $29 AirTag the tracking device on their e-bike before it was stolen.
After calling 911, Ehrman spoke to her father, David. The couple pulled out their iPhone and tracked the stolen e-bike and saw the AirTag was still on its way.
David tracked the e-bike until it stopped at an apartment complex near the family’s Orange County home. After he had looked for the exact location of the e-bike, there was a “brief argument” with the man tried to steal His daughter’s e-bike.
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“The guy just stood there with a look on his face like I’ve never seen anyone with that look on his face,” the father said. “I think the look came as a shock. Like ‘How did you find out my location?’”
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office did not release the name of the person who attempted to steal the e-bike.
A spokesman for the sheriff’s department reminded residents that local law enforcement agencies should handle recovery of stolen items.
“As much as the convenience of technology plays a crucial role in our quality of life, we want to remind our communities to consult their local law enforcement services if they are victims of a crime, rather than putting themselves at risk,” the spokesperson said.