Apple Heist: Thieves Make Off With 3,600 iPad Minis

Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 | 10:50 AM ET
Source: Apple

It's like something straight out of Goodfellas.

Two thieves skirted security at JFK International Airport and got away with part of a cargo shipment of Apple's iPad minis worth $1.5 million, according to a report from the New York Post.

The crooks pulled off the heist late Monday night, just before midnight, and used one of the airport's forklifts to lift the heavy shipment of iPad minis, which were being stored in a cargo building, into their get-away truck, according to the report. (Read More: Will Electronic Sales Light Up the Holiday)

It could have been worse, though. The thieves got away with about 3,600 iPad minis—which were being shipped by a company called Cargo Airport Services—but they could have stolen more devices if an airport worker hadn't stopped to question them, according to the Post. There were three pallets of Apple tablet shipments left, according to the report. (Read More: Apple Stores No.1 in Retail Sales Per Square Foot)

While the thieves have not been caught, it's suspected that the heist was an inside job.

Investigators have been questioning airport workers, sources told the Post.

The stolen iPad minis had just arrived from China and were on their way to being shipped across the US, Cargo Airport Service told the Post. (Read More:How Big Is Apple? )

Apple and Cargo Airport Services did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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