A family in California is thankful for modern technology after they had the foresight to place an Apple AirTag on their expensive electronic bike which brought them to the thief’s doorstep.
Johnny Ehrman relies on her $3,000 e-bike to commute daily to school and work. When she realized that her dependable bike was stolen while she was at work, she was devastated.
“I drive like 12 miles a day,” Ehrman told FOX 11 Los Angeles. “I was sobbing outside my workplace. I actually had some of my coworkers be like, ‘What’s happening? Where is your bike?'”
Ehrman said she left the pedals and wheel locked, removed the battery, but the bike wasn’t locked onto a fixed object.
However, Ehrman had the foresight to buy a $29 AirTag and place the tracking device onto her e-bike before it was stolen.
After calling 911, Ehrman talked with her father, David. The pair took out her iPhone and tracked the stolen e-bike and saw that the AirTag was still on the move.
David tracked the e-bike until it stopped at an apartment complex nearby the family’s Orange County home. After he went to the exact location of the e-bike, he had a “brief confrontation” with the man who attempted to steal his daughter’s e-bike.
“The dude just stood there with the look on his face like I’ve never seen anyone with that look,” the dad said. “I think the look was shock. Like ‘How did you get my location?’”
“The dude just stood there with the look on his face like I’ve never seen anyone with that look, I think the look was shock, like ‘How did you get my location?’”
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office did not release the name of the person who attempted to steal the e-bike.
A spokesperson with the Sheriff’s Department reminded residents to let local law enforcement take over the recovery of stolen items.
“As much as the convenience of technology plays a vital role in the quality of our lives, we want to remind our communities to utilize their local law enforcement services when they’ve been victimized by a crime instead of placing themselves into harm’s way,” the spokesperson said.
Sarah Rumpf-Whitten is a writer on the breaking news team for Fox News Digital. You can reach her on Twitter at @s_rumpfwhitten.