Thousands of iPads Stolen from JFK: Report

Thursday, Nov 15, 2012  |  Updated 10:00 AM EDT
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Two thieves looted nearly 4,000 new iPad minis from a John F. Kennedy Airport cargo building and authorities believe the heist may have been an inside job, according to a published report.

The bandits stole into the same cargo building that was the site of the infamous 1978 Lufthansa heist featured in "Goodfellas" shortly before midnight Monday, reports The New York Post.

They used one of the airport's forklifts to load two pallets of the mini iPads, worth about $1.5 million, into a truck, and may have stolen more had an airport worker not returned and questioned their activity, the paper reported.

The Post says detectives believe someone may have let the thieves into the area near the cargo building and then let them out once they had stolen the iPads.

Authorities have questioned airport workers and administered polygraphs to three.

The suspects remain at large.

The 1978 heist at Building 261 was the largest robbery of cash in the country's history. In that incident, thieves stole $5 million ($21 million today adjusted for inflation) and about $900,000 in jewelry. Luchese crime-family associate James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke was considered the mastermind behind the heist.

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