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Florida airport worker accused of stealing more than $16K worth of items from passengers

Giovanni De Luca, 19, admitted to taking some items, the sheriff's office said.
Credit: Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office
Giovanni De Luca

DESTIN, Fla. — Deputies arrested a man accused of stealing more than $16,000 worth of items from passengers at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, authorities said.

Giovanni De Luca, 19, an airline subcontractor, was charged with two counts of grand theft, the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

A woman back in July reported her luggage stolen after it didn't arrive at her destination, according to the agency. She reportedly told law enforcement an Apple AirTag in her suitcase appeared active in the area of Kathy Court in Mary Esther, Florida.

On Aug. 9, a man reported more than $15,000 in jewelry and other items were taken from his luggage.

Deputies say they cross-referenced employees who lived in the area of Kathy Court and eventually were able to speak with De Luca at his home. He reportedly admitted to "rummaging" through the woman's suitcase and removing the AirTag.

OCSO News Release: An investigation launched after the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Airport Security Unit...

Posted by Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, August 11, 2022

The man's stolen items were recovered, while the woman's belongings were not found, the sheriff's office 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," Sheriff Eric Aden said in a statement.

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