Her lost luggage contained an AirTag. It led police to the home of a baggage handler.


Earlier this month, an Apple AirTag led to an arrest and the recovery of several thousand dollars in jewellery and other items stolen from luggage at Florida’s Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport.


The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said Giovanni De Luca, a 19-year-old Delta subcontractor, was charged with two counts of grand theft. According to an arrest affidavit, a traveller arrived at the airport on July 14, but her luggage, which contained clothes,

make-up, and approximately $1,600 in other items, never arrived, according to the New York Times. Her AirTag — a Bluetooth tracking device — pinged on July 31, in the Kathy Court area of Mary Esther, a small city just east of the US Air Force’s Hulburt Field, she told investigators.



deputies started cross-referencing airport employees who lived near Kathy Court and eventually zeroed in on De Luca. According to the arrest affidavit, on August 4, another Delta subcontractor reported to the sheriff’s office that he saw De Luca go through a passenger’s checked baggage.


Then, on August 9, a man flying from Destin-Fort Walton Beach reported that his luggage had been robbed of $15,000 in jewellery and sunglasses. According to the affidavit, De Luca was working at the time.

The next day, investigators went to De Luca’s house and recovered the jewellery and sunglasses. In July, De Luca admitted to going through the woman’s suitcase. He told them he destroyed the AirTag when he discovered it, but her belongings were not found. According to jail records, De Luca was released on bond the day after his arrest.



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