Apple AirTag tracker leads police to arrest airport worker accused of stealing passengers’ suitcases

DESTINY, Florida — Florida authorities attribute an Apple AirTag to the arrest of an airline employee accused of searching passengers’ suitcases and stealing at least $16,000 worth of jewelry and other items.

Police say a passenger passing through Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport in the Florida Panhandle last month packed the tracking device in his suitcase. Her luggage, containing items worth over $1,600, never made it to her destination.

The passenger, however, told police her Find My app detected the AirTag about 11 miles from the airport.

A few weeks later, another passenger reported that jewelry and other items totaling over $15,000 were missing from his luggage.

Officers cross-referenced the location of the AirTag with airport workers in the area, which ultimately led to the home of 19-year-old Giovanni De Luca, an airline contractor.

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They found the items missing from the second traveler and said De Luca admitted to rummaging through the first victim’s suitcase and removing an Apple AirTag. His personal effects were never found.

De Luca now faces two grand theft bosses.

With a hectic summer travel season, millions facing cancellations and a backlog of lost luggage, more and more travelers have turned to tracking technologies like Apple AirTags and Tile Bluetooth trackers to keep track. peace of mind.

“I like to hide them so people don’t even know where they are, so they’re not easily identifiable,” said Brian Kelly, founder of The Points Guy. “You can put them in clothes. That way, if your bag gets stolen, it’s going to be a lot harder to find the tag.”

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