In connection with the theft of products valued at $16,000 out of bags at a Florida airport, an airline subcontractor was detained this month; according to officials, an Apple AirTag assisted in locating him.
In two counts of grand theft, a felony, Giovanni De Luca, 19, of Mary Esther is accused, according to a press release from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.
When the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport displayed unusual activity, the OCSO Airport Security Unit opened an investigation.
An individual who was traveling complained that her suitcase, which was packed with goods worth more than $1,600, had never been delivered to her destination.
Her belongings were reported as missing or taken. The victim, however, claimed that an Apple AirTag in her bag had last been active in Mary Esther.
On August 9, a different passenger reported that more than $15,000 in jewelry and other belongings had been stolen from his suitcase.
Cross-referencing airport staff members who lived in the vicinity led investigators to De Luca’s home. Deputies found the objects reported missing on August 9 when at his house on August 10, according to the OCSO.
According to the sheriff’s office, De Luca allegedly acknowledged searching through the first victim’s luggage and taking an Apple AirTag. Her possessions have not been found.