Apple AirTag Helps The U.S. Police Once Again To Crack Down Theft – Florida police recently made public a case in which they used Apple AirTag to track down suspects. This month, an airline subcontractor was arrested for allegedly stealing $16,000 worth of items from a luggage at a Florida airport. According to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office press release, Giovanni De Luca, lives in Mary Esther, turned 19 this year and was charged with two major crimes. Recently, two vacation AirTag users travelling to the United States experienced a luggage loss incident. The bags originally scheduled to arrive in July and August did not arrive on time. These vacationers’ luggage contains nearly $17,000 worth of items and jewellery.
Security at the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department became aware of the issues at the Destin-Fort Walton Airport and launched an investigation. One traveller claimed that her luggage was flagged as lost or stolen by police after it was not delivered to her with more than $1,600 items in it. Fortunately, the victim stated that she had an Apple AirTag in her suitcase, which had previously been seen at Mary Esther.
Apple AirTag helped in tracking the criminal
After receiving a report of luggage theft, the local police, in accordance with their description, immediately conducted a cross-reference with the local airport staff. By doing this, they focused their investigation on the local staff members. Officers discovered the item reported missing on August 9 after finding DeLuca’s home on August 10. DeLuca also allegedly admitted to flipping through the suitcase of the first victim.
DeLuca later admitted the theft and mentioned that in the process of rummaging through the luggage, he found the AirTag in the luggage and abandoned it. However, he still did not escape the police’s tracking. Although not all the lost items were recovered this time, the AirTag still played a role in assisting the police in solving the case.
Officials said DeLuca was charged with two counts of grand larceny, which are felonies in Florida. If convicted, he could face five to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Local police departments say that while Apple AirTags can guide police to suspects, they can also be abused by criminals. However, these devices do bring security to the user.