Post updated November 25th, 2012 at 02:44 am
You’d think that after two high profile cases in the space of a month would either encourage better security handling of the shipments of electronic devices, but it appears to have done nothing to deter the brains behind these high profile heists.
Unfortunately for Apple, this would be the second iDevice to be involved in a million-dollar theft in the space of less than two months. While the iPhone 5 heist appeared to be a lot more daring, this recent one, which happened at JFK International Airport in New York, looks a lot like a well-planned as well as well-connected job.
At around 11pm on the night of the heist, the robbers arrived in a trailer marked with the colours of a shipping forwarding company, where they were naturally given access into the airport’s building. From there, it was fairly easy to locate an area that isn’t as well supervised by CCTVs to begin loading the pallets of iPad Minis freshly arrived from China for the American market. Despite making off with about 3600 iPad Minis in two pallets loaded using the airport’s own forklifts, the robbers could have gotten a lot more, but had to make a quick escape when an airport worker confronted them trying to load the remaining three pallets.
The authorities are already marking this as a potential inside job, and are currently conducting polygraph tests on some suspected airport workers. However, the thieves remain at large, and potentially selling off the iPad Minis – worth $1.5 million in total – as quickly as they can.