A pair of brazen thieves have stolen $1.5 million worth of iPad minis from a JFK cargo building, the same building that was the site of the 1978 Lufthansa heist featured in “GoodFellas”, reports The Post.
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.
The thieves are still at large and investigators have reportedly been giving airport workers polygraph tests as it's believed to be an inside job.
They arrived at Building 261 around 11pm in a white tractor trailer with the letters CEVA on the side. Sources think someone let them into the area and then let them out after they loaded about 3,600 iPad minis into the vehicle.
The iPad minis were being shipped by Cargo Airport Services and had just arrived from China.
There’s some question as to what the crooks will actually be able to do with all those stolen iPads, as Apple may have a way of shutting down specific MAC addresses and rendering individual iPads inoperable. The iPads in question are at this point still unused, having arrived straight from the factory in China. If the thieves do decide to power them up, however, they might have trouble on their hands.