Saturday, November 17, 2012

3,600 iPad minis stolen in 'Goodfellas' type heist

What with cellular-based iPad minis and iPad 4s just now being delivered to pre-order customers, and with supplies of new iDevices always tight, it's bad news that about $1.5 million worth of iPad minis -- 3,600 of them -- were lifted from John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport.

The report emerged on Thursday and, as if JFK Airport needed further embarrassment, the theft occurred at the same cargo building that was the site of the 1978 Lufthansa heist featured in “GoodFellas.” It appears JFK didn't update their security sufficiently over the past 34 years.

The crooks struck just before midnight on Monday night, and -- hilariously -- used one of the airport’s own forklifts to load two pallets of the tablet computers into their own truck.

Fortunately for those with iPad mini pre-orders, the thieves were challenged by an airport worker, or they might have stolen more devices. The crooks were forced to leave three more pallets of iPad minis behind. Based on the estimate for the stolen goods, the thieves were forced to leave $2.25 million in iPad minis behind.

Investigators believe this may have been an inside job, but the thieves and any accomplices are still at large. The minis were being shipped by a company called Cargo Airport Services.

It's not going to be easy to get rid of 3,600 iPad minis, though. Ironically, the most profitable way might if they could figure out how to smuggle them back into China.

Those approached in parking lots by folks trying to sell a cheap iPad mini should avoid the people like the plague. They could be hot, or they could be just a mirror.

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