Airtag used to track Blountstown woman in Calhoun County

 CALHOUN COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) – Imagine the shock of discovering an unexpected tracking device on your car. That’s the reality for a young woman in Calhoun County. A Blountstown woman drove to Panama City Beach on Monday to spend time at the beach. After she returned home, she noticed something taped to the rear bumper […] [[{“value”:”

CALHOUN COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) – Imagine the shock of discovering an unexpected tracking device on your car. That’s the reality for a young woman in Calhoun County.

A Blountstown woman drove to Panama City Beach on Monday to spend time at the beach. After she returned home, she noticed something taped to the rear bumper of her vehicle. It was an Airtag.

Local officials are now trying to find out who placed the device on her vehicle.

Airtags are an Apple product designed to help people keep track of their possessions, like their luggage or car keys. But the information they can collect is extensive.


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“When she brought it in. They initially just determined where she had been, according at least to the air tag and her story and where she had stayed, the times that it had been showing her location. And from there, they collected the tag, you know, any evidence it was available from the car,” Blountstown Police Chief Mark Mallory said.

Apple devices have an app called “Find My” which will send a notification that there is an Airtag moving with you. Once the woman received an alert she searched her car and discovered the Airtag on the bumper.

Blountstown police said someone put it there around 7:00 a.m. Monday. She didn’t find the device until 5:00 p.m.

Mallory said this was a first for the police department.

“As far as I know, this is the first one we’ve dealt with where there’s been any kind of tracking. I mean, we have dealt with other things as far as lost items or stolen items. But as far as tracking a person like on their vehicle, this would be the first,” Mallory said.


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While the “Find My” app has been very useful, it’s been misused by thieves and human traffickers. Dozens of people sued Apple in 2022 after they were stalked by Airtag users.

“We’ll work with Apple. We’ll issue some legal process to Apple and with their law enforcement resources and team. And they will hopefully provide us with any information that they may have. And if that information can lead to the identity of an owner, then we’ll go from there and try to establish a motive and reason or if there was any reason for that air tag to be on that car,” Mallory added.

Chief Mallory also urges people to be vigilant and notice changes to their cars. He also recommends disabling any unfamiliar Airtag.

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