Destin-Fort Walton Beach airport worker arrested, over $16,000 in stolen property found at home

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) – Okaloosa County deputies have arrested a man after $16,000 worth of luggage was stolen from Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport.

Giovanni De Luca, 19, was arrested after deputies found the items stolen from his home near Kathy Court. Investigators were able to locate the missing items using an Apple Airtag.

In July, a woman traveling through the airport placed an Airtag in her suitcase before taking off. The suitcase, which contained more than $1,600 worth of items, never showed up, according to a Facebook post from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman checked her Airtag which showed up near Kathy Court in Mary Esther, Florida. On Tuesday, Aug. 9, another traveler reported that more than $15,000 worth of jewelry and other items had been removed from his luggage, according to the post.

Deputies believed the person who stole the items may have been an airport employee. Investigators tracked the location of the Airtag and “cross-checked” the addresses of employees who lived near Kathy Court.

De Luca, an airline contractor, lived in Kathy Court. When deputies searched his home, they found the man’s stolen items. De Luca admitted to searching the woman’s belongings, but deputies did not recover her items.

John DeLuca

De Luca faces two grand theft counts, according to the post.


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