A $1.5 million stash of iPad minis has allegedly been stolen from a New York City airport. Described as a “Goodfellas” style heist, two theives reportedly stole about 3,600 of the Apple devices from a cargo building at John F. Kennedy Airport earlier this week.
The theives used one of the airport’s own forklifts to load two pallets of the iPad minis into a truck around midnight Monday night. The shipment was being cargoed by the Cargo Airport Services. According to law enforcement, the two would have taken more, but were challenged by an airport worker returinng for lunch. They two are still at large, however, it is suspected to have been an inside job. Investigators have been questioning airport workers to gain more information.
The iPad minis had likely “just reached the U.S from Apple’s assembly partners in China, and were destined for delivery,” stated TechCrunch. The site continued adding, “if so, it’s possible that ..36000 expectant Apple fans are going to be disappointed, but Apple could also very theorectically redirect stock destined for store shelves to make up the difference.”
The million dollar heist, brings one back to similar events such as the Lufthansa heist that theives reportedly stole $5 million in cash and nearly $900,000 in jewelry as immortalized in the film “Goodfellas”.
The launch of the iPad mini was welcomed by throngs of people lined up to get thier hands on the new hot product even after the disaster of Hurricane Sandy. It has set it’s self as the hottest gadget of the holiday season.