Carpenter's brilliant idea involving AirTags helps Maryland police solve grandiose theft case


A carpenter used Apple AirTags to find his stolen tools, which led police to solve the $5 million theft case.

A notice from Howard County Police states that the department has recovered around 15,000 stolen construction tools in “what is believed to be one of the largest and most expansive” theft cases in the region.

According to police estimates, the value of the stolen tools totals $3-5 million. They were stolen from retail stores, businesses, vehicles, residential properties, and construction sites, primarily in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

While the stolen tools were mostly kept in storage units in Howard County, authorities believe there were more locations. Police have conducted search warrants at 12 locations, 11 of which are in Howard County.

The investigation began in late January when one of the victims used an Apple Airtag to track the thieves who repeatedly stole his tools.

As reported by the Washington Post, a 43-year-old carpenter drove around the Maryland suburbs for hours, following an intermittent blip on his iPhone, until he arrived at a storage facility in Elkridge, Howard County, which contained over 15,000 stolen tools.