DESTIN, Florida– Florida authorities credit Apple AirTag with arresting an airline employee accused of ransacking passengers’ suitcases and stealing at least $16,000 worth of jewelry and other items.
Police said a passenger traveling through Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport in the Florida Panhandle last month packed the tracking device in her suitcase. Her luggage, which contained more than $1,600 worth of items, never arrived at her destination.
However, the passenger told police that her Find My app spotted the AirTag about 11 miles from the airport.
A few weeks later, another passenger reported that over $15,000 worth of jewelry and other items were missing from his luggage.
Officials linked the AirTag’s location with airport employees in the area, which eventually led to the home of 19-year-old Giovanni De Luca, an airline contractor.
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They found the items reported missing by the second traveler and said De Luca admitted to rummaging through the first victim’s suitcase and removing an Apple AirTag. Her personal belongings were never found.
De Luca now faces two counts of grand theft.
With a turbulent summer travel season, millions of cancellations and lost luggage, more and more travelers have turned to tracking technologies like Apple AirTags and Tile Bluetooth trackers for security.
“I like to hide them so people don’t even know where they are, so they’re not easy to identify,” said Brian Kelly, founder of The Points Guy. “You can tuck them into clothes. If your bag is stolen, it’s much harder to find the tag that way.”
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