A Million and a Half Dollars Worth of iPads Mini Were Stolen From JFK Airport

Have you ever stuck something in your pocket and walked out of a store? First, shame on you, but compared to the guys who struck JFK airport earlier this week, you are an amateur.

In what could almost be a repeat of the infamous 1978 Lufthansa robbery, a pair of thieves gained entry into a storage warehouse on the edge of John F Kennedy International Airport. Their target was a shipment of iPads Mini which had recently arrived from China.

There are no details yet on how the thieves got in and out of the warehouse, but law enforcement is reporting that the thieves made off with 2 pallets of iPads Mini. That’s 3,600 devices, with an estimated retail of $1,500,000.

These wealth redistributors were interrupted while loading the iPads in to their truck, and they left 3 pallets behind. “So, as a caper goes, it was probably unsuccessful,” a source said.

Today’s news story is particularly amusing for anyone who has seen the movie Goodfellas; this robbery took place in the exact same warehouse as Lufthansa robbery referenced in the movie. A group of thieves stole $5 million in cash and nearly $900,000 worth of jewelry in that heist on Dec. 11, 1978., a feat which still stands as the single biggest heist in US history.


image by seanmfreese

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Michal15 November, 2012

    Well, with Apple pricing and Amazon packaging, that’s, what, about 20-30 iPads mini in that picture?

  2. Popup15 November, 2012

    Well… If you actually click on the picture it’ll tell you that there are 143 macbooks.

    1. Nate Hoffelder15 November, 2012

      Well, yes. Did you think I would really post a picture of the 2 pallets sitting next to me? I’m not stupid.


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