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Irreplaceable race memorabilia and family heirlooms among items stolen

Garmin-Sharp’s David Millar, riding his final season as a professional, has been the victim of a burglary in which thieves took items including irreplaceable mementoes of his career from his home in Girona, Spain.

The burglary was discovered when Millar returned home from competing in last week’s Critérium du Dauphiné, with the 37-year-old breaking the news to his followers on Twitter.

His sister Fran, who works for Team Sky, also took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the burglary.

She urged people to be vigilant over items turning up for sale on eBay.

She added that family heirlooms were among the items stolen, including a watch marking Millar’s role in helping Mark Cavendish become world champion at Copenhagen in 2011.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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minnellium [87 posts] 2 years ago
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Dreadful stuff. Not too keen on the product-placement tweet, but I'm sure he's in a dreadful place now. Shudder to think.

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mrmo [2088 posts] 2 years ago
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minnellium wrote:

Dreadful stuff. Not too keen on the product-placement tweet,

Mind you, if you go on Ebay.es, or what ever it is called, and see some newish Sharp TV's for sale fair chance they have been nicked...

Tis a shit situation to be in.

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jollygoodvelo [1472 posts] 2 years ago
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Shameful.

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GrahamSt [167 posts] 2 years ago
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On the week that Ian Wright's house was burgled whilst he was off in Brazil commentating on the World Cup, does this suggest a new tactic from criminals:

pick someone famous with lots of nice things, watch news and/or social media to find out when they are away, go rob their house?

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Simon_MacMichael [2457 posts] 2 years ago
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GrahamSt wrote:

On the week that Ian Wright's house was burgled whilst he was off in Brazil commentating on the World Cup, does this suggest a new tactic from criminals:

pick someone famous with lots of nice things, watch news and/or social media to find out when they are away, go rob their house?

That's been happening for years, a lot of the Liverpool FC team have had their houses turned over while they've been off on European away trips.

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Simon E [2775 posts] 2 years ago
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A very unpleasant experience for them, no doubt.

As already mentioned, I too wondered whether the tea-leaves saw the tweets by him and his wife (@lastfastbike) about the whole family being at the race.

Re. family photos on laptops: you must, always make backups! If you value your data you have to back it up, preferably to two different formats or locations. It's too late when it's gone...

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GrahamSt [167 posts] 2 years ago
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Simon_MacMichael wrote:

That's been happening for years...

Seems like a sting operation would be a good way to sort it out - either by the police or by a celeb hiring some suitable "private security" personnel to do some covert house-sitting.

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Yennings [237 posts] 2 years ago
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Shame for him and his family but another cautionary tale - print your most prized photos, don't just store them on computers/hard drives! Even the most hard-hearted felons don't tend to steal photos unless they're signed etc.

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farrell [1950 posts] 2 years ago
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Or get Duncan Ferguson to house sit while you're away:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/2748887.stm

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stefv [212 posts] 2 years ago
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Yennings wrote:

Shame for him and his family but another cautionary tale - print your most prized photos, don't just store them on computers/hard drives! Even the most hard-hearted felons don't tend to steal photos unless they're signed etc.

You can print photos, but it's also a good idea to have them backed up in another location and/or on the cloud along with other sentimental/important files.

Also, it is really important to encrypt hard drives. A login password is literally useless in terms of protecting your data. It doesn't take much technical know-how to boot up a Linux OS from a CD or USB, which will then be able to mount the hard drives and gain full access to the data on them.

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giobox [356 posts] 2 years ago
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Like how he still managed to name drop the sponsor's name when mentioning the TV got stolen...

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Flying Scot [918 posts] 2 years ago
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Awful losing all the personal stuff.

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pjt201 [101 posts] 2 years ago
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Not too keen on the product-placement tweet,

I think that was probably tongue in cheek knowing David...