updated 10:29 am EST, Mon November 19, 2012
Richardson asked suspicious questions, court documents say
The FBI has arrested an airport worker in the case of last week's iPad mini heist at New York City's JFK airport, according to sources and court documents obtained by the New York Post. The man, Renel Rene Richardson, is said to have been outed after Port Authority detectives talked to his coworkers, and learned that he had been asking unusual questions about both the iPads and where forklifts could be found. A forklift was used to load two pallets' worth of iPads into a truck, and might've been used to load even more had the thieves not been confronted by another airport worker.
Richardson is said to have served as a lookout during the heist, which happened at the Cargo Air Services building where he worked; the actual robbers remain at large. Police sources say that on Wednesday night, Port Authority detectives brought Richardson along to search Long Island for the truck.
The FBI is refusing to comment on the case, including whether or not the Minis have been recovered. The Post has meanwhile adjusted the alleged value of the missing tablets to an even higher $1.9 million.