Thieves steal 3,600 iPad minis from JFK International Airport

By on November 15, 2012, 2:30 PM

A pair of crooks managed to steal two pallets full of brand new Apple iPad minis from JFK International Airport. They likely would have gotten away with even more if they hadn’t been interrupted by an airport worker returning from dinner, according to the New York Post.

Sources say two men arrived at the airport Monday night around 11 p.m. in a white tractor trailer with the letters CEVA printed on the side. The thieves were able to gain access to one side of airport building 261 that reportedly has less security than the others.

From here, they used an airport forklift to load the two pallets into the truck. Law enforcement officials say there were three other pallets loaded with Apple tablets but those were left behind when the airport worker returned, presumably unexpectedly.

Given the nature of the crime, it’s likely that there were multiple parties involved. Police suspect that someone gave them security access to enter the premises with the truck and also to let them out. Source say police have been interviewing airport employees and have already given three polygraph tests.

The shipments had just arrived from China and were being handled by a company called Cargo Airport Services. The tablets were supposed to be distributed to various retail locations across the country. In total, nearly 3,600 units were stolen from the airport, valued at about $1.5 million.

This isn’t the first time that JFK Airport has been the target of a large robbery. In 1978, $5 million in cash and $875,000 worth of jewels were stolen in what’s famously known as the Lufthansa heist. It was (and still is) the largest cash robbery ever in the US. The heist has been portrayed in numerous television shows and movies including Goodfellas and The Big Heist.




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bugejakurt said:

Where is the "hidden" location tracking from Apple? Now is the time they can take this advantage to know where the devices have been taken.

1 person liked this | dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

So this would be an iJacked shipment?

/shows self out

Guest said:

Now Apple can sue the airport!

...add that to the list.

Zeromus said:

Aw, too bad they didn't get away with it ;D

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

...the iJackers were last seen sauntering away, exuding an air of casual indifference. Police caution the public not approach the suspects, who are described as unarmed but extremely boring

Littleczr Littleczr said:

So the Italian Mob is still operating and here I am thinking they were all but gone.

dcnc123 dcnc123 said:

That's a hint that they need to add more cctvs and improve their security.....

Guest said:

I want one !!!

:)

killeriii said:

Aw, too bad they didn't get away with it ;D

They did!

"likely would have gotten away with even more"

Notice the "even more"? They only got 2 out of 5 pallets of minis.

"Police suspect... someone gave... access to enter... and also to let them out."

Notice the "let them out"? They got away with the 2 pallets.

Pick one up on a street corner near you...

Zeromus said:

They did!

"likely would have gotten away with even more"

Notice the "even more"? They only got 2 out of 5 pallets of minis.

"Police suspect... someone gave... access to enter... and also to let them out."

Notice the "let them out"? They got away with the 2 pallets.

Pick one up on a street corner near you...

I hope they re-sell it for a lower price

Guest said:

Those iThieves need to be iNcarcerated till windows phone gets 50% marketshare (which may never occur)

Guest said:

Because f this kind of event, apple don't trust JFK international airport anymore. So, they made their own airport just like UPS did, they called it iAirport..

Guest said:

Hey.it really works..........

Guest said:

Because f this kind of event, apple don't trust JFK international airport anymore. So, they made their own airport just like UPS did, they called it iAirport..

I thought apple will call iAss (international apple space station) :)

Guest said:

I'm not a fan of stealing but seeing as apple was the only thing getting stolen from... I wish they would have got away with this one. Too bad they will proly get iSued.

techseven said:

iMust admit iAm having fun with this thread, like a kid who says iCan be iSilly too!

But seriously, this is really an iShock for JFK's reputation... :)

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Who could have imagined that goofy old Steve Ballmer has his own team of black ops commandos...:eek: !!

(It's like I always say, "if you're going to embrace a conspiracy theory, don't half-a** it, go all in)...

ravisunny2 ravisunny2, TS Ambassador, said:

Isn't it always the butler 'who did it' Captain?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Not so fast buster, you're not going to debunk this that easily.....:p

Isn't it always the butler 'who did it' Captain?

Well, you don't think Ballmer would actually go himself, do you? So, his butler was probably in charge of the strike team.

learninmypc learninmypc said:

Where is the "hidden" location tracking from Apple? Now is the time they can take this advantage to know where the devices have been taken.

Since they were still on pallets, I'm guessing they aren't able to, but what do I know :oops:

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Who could have imagined that goofy old Steve Ballmer has his own team of black ops commandos...:eek: !!
Surveillance must have been controlled by Windows with a back-door entrance.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Surveillance must have been controlled by Windows with a back-door entrance.
I'm having a great amount of difficulty restraining myself from replying to this with any one of a number of, "back door", "pants down", and "don't ask, don't tell", innuendos.:eek:

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