The New York Post reports that $1.5 million worth of iPad minis were stolen from New York’s JFK airport earlier this week. The iPad mini cargo, which was made up of 3600 units, was mean to be distributed to retailers across the U.S. who are selling Apple’s latest tablet. It appears that the heist was an inside job, according to the report. The report details what happened and that the investigation is on-going:
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.
They might have gotten more, but the thieves drove off leaving three more pallets of the Apple tablets behind after they were challenged by an airport worker returning from dinner.
“So, as a caper goes, it was probably unsuccessful,” a source said.
The thieves were still at large last night. Investigators, suspecting an inside job, have been questioning airport workers and given three of them polygraph tests, the sources said.
The crooks arrived at Building 261 around 11 p.m. in a white tractor trailer marked with the name CEVA on the side, according to the sources. They pulled up to the side of the airport building that faces onto a street and has less security than the other side, which is accessible from the airport tarmac.
Sources believe someone let them into the area and then let them out after they grabbed the iPads.
Interestingly, the cargo building in which the iPads were taken from is the same building featured in the 1978 Lufthansa heist in the movie GoodFellas.