Suspect Taken In For $1.9 Million iPad Mini Heist At JFK Airport

Posted Nov 17, 2012

Earlier today we wrote about how someone stole $1.5 million worth of iPad Minis from the JFK airport in New York.  The actual amount was actually $1.9 million and federal agents have arrested a suspect.  The suspect was actually an airport worker.  The suspect was named Renel Rene Richardson and he allegedly asked co-workers about the gadget shipment and where to find forklifts.

The iPads were stolen on Monday using an airport forklift and the heist took place at the same JFK cargo building that was the site of the 1970s Lufthansa heist that was featured in the movie “Goodfellas.”

Mr. Richardson allegedly had two helpers in the heist at the Cargo Air Services building, which is also where he worked according to a criminal complaint that was filed in Brooklyn federal court.  The other two criminals were unidentified and they helped load two pallets of the tablet computers onto a truck.  They drove away after another worked confronted them.

The Port Authority detectives had found out about Mr. Richardson’s inquiries about the iPad and the forklift after talking to his co-workers.  Mr. Richardson was arrested by the FBI accompanied by Port Authority detectives on Wednesday night as they searched around Long Island for the truck.  It is unknown right now about whether the iPads were recovered.

[NY Post]