Cyclist recovers three stolen bikes just hours after theft thanks to AirTag: 'We heard beep, beep, beep from the other side of the window'

Police recovered the bikes and more items as well as making arrests

Bike theft
(Image credit: David Wilkins)

An amateur racing cyclist recovered three stolen bikes thanks to a GPS tracking device that he only recently bought.

David Wilkins, 46 and who is a member of Onyx Racing Team in London, went to collect one of his bikes at 6am on Tuesday, November 23 to begin his morning’s commute when he realised his three bikes and £5,000 worth of tools had been stolen.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.