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Thieves steal $1.5 million in iPad minis from JFK airport

updated 11:19 am EST, Thu November 15, 2012

Police suspect inside job

Two thieves stole $1.5 million in iPad minis from New York City's JFK airport earlier this week, according to the New York Post. The people reportedly made the heist shortly before midnight on Monday, using one of JFK's own forklifts to load two pallets of Minis into a truck. More tablets might've been taken had an airport worker returning from dinner not confronted the robbers; three more pallets were left behind.

The culprits in the case are still at large. Police sources claim that investigators suspect an inside job, however, and have been interrogating airport workers. Three people have allegedly been given polygraph tests. The reason for the suspicion is said to stem from the thieves pulling up to Building 261 in a white tractor trailer. While the nearby entrance faces onto a street and has less security than other ways into the airport, it's thought that someone let them in and out of airport grounds.

About 3,600 Minis were stolen. The hardware had apparently just arrived from China, and was intended to be distributed around the US. The product is expected to hit retail stores tomorrow, though some people are already receiving online orders.

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  1. Waragainstsleep

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  1. coffeetime

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    Totally a white collar crime. Not the the typical smash the window and drive-in type.

  1. SockRolid

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    Three words: "Find my iPad."

    Apple can use Find my iPad to set all 3,600 stolen iPad minis into "Lost Mode." They can set the passcode to whatever they want, remotely, effectively bricking all the stolen minis shortly after they're activated. Kinda glad I didn't pre-order. Good luck to everyone who did. (Don't worry - Apple, the shipper, the airport, and everyone involved is insured. Except the thieves and any suckers who end up buying the stolen goods.)

  1. SockRolid

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    Everyone whose iPad mini was stolen: don't worry. I ordered a MacBook Pro from Apple's online store a few years ago. It was stolen off the truck when it was out for delivery, Apple sent me a replacement, and all I lost was a few days of use. Apple actually apologized and sent me a free Brenthaven bag for my MBP to make up for it, even though it wasn't their fault. (But I did have to call them to complain first.)

  1. beb

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    Still doesn't beat the Lufthansa heist of '78 :D

  1. Zanziboy

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    It's sad to see the people entrusted with managing such expensive cargo don't really care about keeping their jobs.

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