Airport thieves steal $1.5m in iPad minis

Philip Messing and Josh Margolin for the NY Post:

A pair of brazen crooks punched another hole in the lax JFK security when they stole a trove of new Apple iPad minis — worth $1.5 million — from the same cargo building that was the site of the 1978 Lufthansa heist featured in “GoodFellas,” The Post has learned. The crooks struck shortly before midnight on Monday and used one of the airport’s own forklifts to load two pallets of the tablet computers into a truck, according to law-enforcement sources.

This never would have happened under Steve Jobs’ watch.

  • The only thing shocking about security at JFK is that no one has (yet) managed to steal an airplane.

  • JDSoCal

    Ha, so funny, I instantly thought of Goodfellas when I saw Jim’s tweet. Then I read it is the same spot as Lufthansa.

    I hope Jimmy The Gent kills everyone involved again this time (I know Jimmy Burke is dead, fyi).

  • deviladv

    Damnit that’s over 4,500 iPads. People need those! 🙂

    Question is, how do they turn around and turn that into cash? I guess on the Chinese black market, but how do they get them there? They have serial numbers so I would think they have to be sold somewhere that someone doesn’t care about US law enforcement.

    • MacsenMcBain

      Somewhere that doesn’t care about US law enforcement… You may be onto something. Those iPads will probably hit the street in Washington, DC within hours. If they’re not there already…

      • Here’s the thing, Apple will know the serial numbers. I don’t think they’ll survive being in the wild or connected to the Internet. It’s just like robbing a bank but all the bills are marked.

        • MacsenMcBain

          I was really just taking a cheap shot at the politicians in Washington…

          No, the stolen iPads won’t survive in the wild, but the thieves don’t have to take them anywhere special- they just have to sell them for cash. The buyers will be the ones who run into difficulties when they try to register the new devices online. If the theives don’t want to risk selling them on the street here in the US, it doesn’t take too much imagination to get them out of the country. These are small, lightweight items- just take them off the palettes and head to the local UPS Store or FedEx location (just don’t try to ship ’em all on the same day). Or if the thieves are part of an organized crime ring, stuff ’em into a shipping container with stolen cars/parts and away they go.

  • tmservo

    Straight out of Goodfellas. Now I feel like I need to watch it again.

  • chjode

    In related news: Samsung will start leaving Galaxy Tabs sitting out in the open at JFK next week– and they’ll still be there in December.