Robbers Steal Countless iPad Minis from JFK Airport

By Jamie Epstein November 15, 2012

“Whenever we needed money, we'd rob the airport. To us, it was better than Citibank,” is one of the many famous quotes from one of the most amazing movies of all time, GoodFellas. And a recent incident is sparking comparison to this acclaimed flick in which nearly 3,600 iPad minis that had just been flown in from China were stolen from one of John F. Kennedy Airport's cargo buildings.

Taking place on Monday in the same exact spot where over $5 million in cash and $875,000 worth of jewelry were stolen during the 1978 Lufthansa crime, The New York Times reported that sometime before midnight, the airport's forklifts were leveraged to steal two pallets of iPad minis. Luckily there is light at the end of this tunnel, as not all of the shipments that arrived during that time were taken, three pallets were actually left behind.

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With security tight these days in airports, how could someone walk in and steal so many products without another person noticing? That is something investigators are doing their best to uncover. Rumor has it that an airport employee let the thieves into the location near building 261, and then let them out with their newly attained technological innovations.

It’s ironic to me that a focus with the release of this newer and smaller version of the popular tablet was the fact that it was cheaper to allow people that previously couldn’t dream of owning an iPad, get their hands on the offering. Yet, they were still stolen. The most basic model, the 16-gigabyte Wi-Fi-only Apple's iPad mini, can be purchased for only $329 with that number doubling for the 64-gigabyte version with cellular data.

Too bad these iPads weren't registered to users because then law enforcement could have used the Find My iPad Software to track where the device was being stored. In situations like these, you can’t help but hear the echo of Henry Hill saying, “To me being a gangster was better than being president of the United States.’




Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli

TechZone360 Web Editor

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