A family in california is grateful for modern technology after they had the foresight to place an Apple AirTag on their expensive e-bike, which landed them at the thief’s door.
Johnny Ehrman relies on his $3,000 electric bike to commute to school and work daily. When she realized her trusty bike had been stolen while she was at work, she was devastated.
“I drive about 12 miles a day,” Ehrman said. FOX 11 Los Angeles. “I was sobbing outside my workplace. In fact, some of my co-workers were like, ‘What’s going on? Where’s your bike?”
Ehrman said she left the pedals and wheel locked, removed the battery, but the bike was not locked to a fixed object.
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However, Ehrman had the foresight to purchase a $29 AirTag and place tracking device on his e-bike before it was stolen.
After calling 911, Ehrman spoke with his father, David. The pair took out their iPhones and tracked the stolen e-bike and saw the AirTag was still moving.
David followed the e-bike until it stopped at an apartment complex near the family’s Orange County home. After driving to the exact location of the e-bike, he had a ‘brief confrontation’ with the man who tried to steal her daughter’s electric bike.
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“The dude just stood there with the look on his face like I’ve never seen anyone with that look,” the father said. “I think the look was shocking. Like, ‘How did you find my position?'”
“The guy just stood there with the look on his face like I’ve never seen anyone with that look, I think the look was shocked, like ‘How did you find my position?'”
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has not released the name of the person who attempted to steal the e-bike.
A spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Department reminded residents to let local law enforcement handle 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 use their local law enforcement services when they have been victims of crime instead of put themselves in harm’s way,” the spokesperson said.