Kern Co. firefighter, Olympic hopeful has $15K of bikes stolen

Kern Co. firefighter, Olympic hopeful has $15K of bikes stolen »Play Video
A stolen bicycle belonging to Kern County firefighter and Olympic hopeful Jimmy Watkins is seen in an undated photo provided by the Kern County Fire Department.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — About $15,000 worth of bicycles have been stolen from a Kern County firefighter and 2012 Olympic hopeful.

Engineer Jimmy Watkins, 29, is a two-time American record-holder in track cycling. He has six races to go to qualify for next year's Olympic games in London, and he's next scheduled to race in mid-October at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Watkins' three prized bikes were stolen from his Bakersfield garage Tuesday night, the Kern County Fire Department said Thursday.

Anyone with information about who stole the bikes or where the bikes might be is asked to call Bakersfield police at (661) 327-7111.

Also, the fire department is asking for community sponsors to help Watkins. Those interested in helping can call department spokesman Sean Collins at (661) 364-2230.