EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – An airline subcontractor was arrested this month in connection to the theft of $16,000 worth of items out of luggage at a Florida airport – and an Apple AirTag helped track him down, officials said.
Giovanni De Luca, 19, of Mary Esther, is charged with two counts of grand theft, which is a felony, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office news release.
The OCSO Airport Security Unit launched an investigation in July after becoming aware of suspicious activity at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport.
A traveler reported her luggage, which contained items worth more than $1,600, had never arrived at her destination.
Her luggage was listed as lost or stolen. However, the victim said an Apple AirTag in her suitcase last showed as active in Mary Esther.
Another traveler reported more than $15,000 in jewelry and other items had been taken from his luggage on Aug. 9.
Investigators discovered De Luca's residence after cross-referencing airport employees who lived in the area. While at his home Aug. 10, deputies recovered the items reported missing on Aug. 9, according the OCSO.
De Luca also admitted to rummaging through the first victim’s suitcase and removing an Apple AirTag, the sheriff's office said. Her belongings have not been recovered.
This article originally appeared on Northwest Florida Daily News: Apple Airtag tracks down stolen luggage in Florida worth $16,000