An Apple AirTag assisted authorities in finding a traveler’s lost luggage, leading to the arrest of a Florida airline employee. According to a statement released on Thursday by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Giovanni De Luca, a 19-year-old airline subcontractor at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, is accused of two charges of grand theft.
In July, a tourist complained that her suitcase, which was packed with goods worth more than $1,600, had vanished from her intended location. When questioned by officials, the tourist revealed that an Apple AirTag in her bag had last been active in Mary Esther, Florida.
Another traveller said that the jewellery in his suitcase, worth over $15,000, was missing. The lost items were found when investigators from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office made “consensual contact” with De Luca at his residence and utilized the airline database to cross-reference workers who lived close to the property where the AirTag was last activated.
De Luca acknowledged searching through the victim’s suitcase in July and removing the Apple AirTag, but her belongings have not been found. Sheriff Eric Aden stated in the release, “This arrest is evidence of good coordination by our Airport Security Unit, our Investigators, and the Airport to find the person responsible for these thefts and make sure he is held responsible.