Apple AirTag tracked $16,000 stolen luggage

Apple AirTag tracked $16,000 stolen luggage

An airline subcontractor was arrested this month in connection with the theft of $16,000 in luggage from a Florida airport, and an Apple AirTag helped in his capture, according to officials.

Giovanni De Luca, a Florida resident, is accused of stealing $15,000 in jewellery and other items from a traveler’s luggage on August 9, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. In July, an airline subcontractor at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport was charged with stealing $1,600 in goods from a passenger.

The sheriff’s office tracked down the missing luggage using Apple’s AirTag technology. Law enforcement officials collaborated with the passengers to locate the bags in Mary Esther, Florida. Investigators then compared the location of the AirTag to De Luca’s address. Sheriff Eric Aden praised the operation’s success teamwork.

AirTag helped to rescue operation –

After the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Airport Security Unit became aware of suspicious activity at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, an investigation was launched. Last month, a Florida airport passenger reported that her luggage had not arrived at her destination. The suitcase, which contained items worth more than $1600, was reported lost/stolen. The owner was able to track the location of an Apple AirTag she had embedded in her suitcase when it was last active in the Kathy Court area of Mary Esther. The small town on Florida’s panhandle is more than ten miles west of the airport.

When the sheriff’s department received a similar call to the same address this month, the case was revisited. On August 9, a second traveller reported that more than $15,000 in jewellery and other items had been stolen from his luggage. During the second investigation, sheriff’s deputies collaborated with the airport to cross-reference employees who lived near Kathy Court. This week, OCSO investigators went to the address in question and apprehended Giovanni De Luca, 19 years old. The airline subcontractor admitted to the robbery and is now being charged with two counts of grand theft.

Officers recovered the items reported missing on August 9. The first victim’s belongings have yet to be recovered, and according to the sheriff’s office, De Luca admitted to rummaging through the first victim’s suitcase and removing an Apple AirTag. Another Florida man was recently caught stealing luggage from Spirit Airlines passengers.

AirTag aided luggage tracking –

The use of Bluetooth tracking devices such as Tile and AirTag has recently increased significantly. Simple Flying previously covered tracking luggage with the Apple AirTag. The device sends its location to the owner’s “Find My” app on other devices via encrypted Bluetooth technology. The products are notable because they do not require data to function, only the presence of another Apple device in close proximity. The vast network of Apple devices can help find items in crowded areas or in locations other than the owner’s.

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