Strange serial luggage thief busted by police thanks to Apple AirTag

A serial luggage thief was apprehended by authorities after an Apple AirTag tracked the bloke and the stolen luggage's movements.

Giovanni De Luca, 19, was arrested following the smart bit of tracking kit tagged the baggage thief, with the Apple AirTag alerting its owner to the whereabouts of their items.

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) in Florida, United States, arrested the teenager after the agency's Airport Security Unit "became aware of suspicious activities" relating to a series of missing items.

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A slew of stolen items from Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport are said to be connected to De Luca, who had stolen a bag filled with £14,078 ($17,000) worth of goods.

Two travellers had reported their luggage as stolen between July and August, with the bags never arriving at their destination.

The luggage held a total of £14,078 worth of items and jewellery, the OCSO reported, with De Luca since arrested in connection with the theft.

Sheriff Eric Aden said: "This arrest is an example of excellent teamwork by our Airport Security Unit, our Investigators, and the Airport to find the person responsible for these thefts and make sure he is held responsible."

The traveller whose bag was stolen says she tracked her missing luggage with her Apple AirTag.

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The tag, which Apple released as a way of keeping track of easy-to-lose items or suitcases, tagged the location of her missing belongings to a location in Mary Esther, Florida.

Items missing from the airport were uncovered at De Luca's home, with the 19-year-old, an airline subcontractor, now set to face two charges of grand theft.

Although the Apple AirTag can be used to lead police to criminal baggage thieves, there is also a sinister side to the product, with stalkers reportedly using it to follow victims.

The chilling trend, known as "AirTag stalking" has seen a rise in complaints to police, The New York Post reported.

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