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Not so sensible airport employee steals $15K in valuables and an AirTag which leads cops to him


You might be in all probability accustomed to Apple’s AirTags monitoring system. Used at the side of the FindMy app, the AirTags are supposed for use to trace your gadgets like a bicycle, a handbag, baggage (extra on that later), musical devices, and even your canine. Alternatively, they’ve been used to stalk others, observe vehicles to be stolen, and in different unlawful ways in which Apple by no means supposed them for use for.

Backside line: the AirTags can do loads of good issues; all of it is dependent upon the kind of person who owns them. A press launch was issued final week by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Workplace (OCSO) detailing the arrest of 19-year-old Giovanni De Luca who faces two counts of grand theft. De Luca labored as a subcontractor at Destin-Fort Walton Seashore Airport and apparently had entry to vacationers’ baggage.
Final month, a suitcase containing gadgets valued at $1,600 went lacking because it by no means arrived at its vacation spot. An AirTag left within the suitcase indicated that the tracker was within the space of Kathy Courtroom in Mary Esther. Lower than every week in the past, one other traveler reported that greater than $15,000 price of knickknack and different gadgets had been stolen from his baggage. With the AirTag from the stolen baggage situated in Kathy Courtroom, deputies went by a listing of airport staff dwelling in that space and got here throughout De Luca’s identify.

Deputies for OSCO scheduled a gathering with De Luca at his residence in Kathy Courtroom. In the course of the assembly, the property price $15,000 that have been lacking from the second sufferer’s baggage have been recovered and De Luca admitted to going by the primary sufferer’s baggage and taking the Apple AirTag that was inside it. That transfer might need led to his arrest because it gave deputies an space to start out investigating they usually got here throughout his identify. Moreover the AirTag, different belongings from that bag have but to be discovered.

Sheriff Eric Aden, from the OCSO mentioned, “This arrest is an instance of wonderful teamwork by our Airport Safety Unit, our Investigators, and the Airport to search out the individual accountable for these thefts and ensure he’s held accountable.” Fortunately, De Luca apparently was not up on the most recent applied sciences because it would not appear to have crossed his thoughts that his location could possibly be tracked by that spherical coin-like factor with the Apple brand that he discovered within the first suitcase.

So chalk up a win for expertise. Tech: 1 Dumb Legal: 0.



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