The high demand for Apple products, especially iOS devices, makes them an attractive target for theft. According to the NYPost, a pair of thieves stole iPad minis worth $1.5 million from a warehouse in New York City’s JFK international airport.
Describing the heist, NYPost’s report says:
The crooks struck shortly before midnight on Monday and used one of the airport’s own forklifts to load two pallets of the tablet computers into a truck, according to law-enforcement sources.
They might have gotten more, but the thieves drove off leaving three more pallets of the Apple tablets behind after they were challenged by an airport worker returning from dinner.
The two pallets that the thieves did manage to take away contained around 3,600 iPad minis, which had just arrived in the US from China, and were to be distributed across various locations around NYC.
Citing anonymous sources, the report suggests that the thieves were let in and out of the warehouse by insiders. Law enforcement agencies, having similar suspicions, have already started questioning airport workers.
While the report doesn’t mention whether the stolen iPad minis were Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi plus LTE, numbers included suggest that each stolen unit was nearly worth $420. The stolen lot probably comprises of a number of different iPad mini models, but with the LTE iPad mini starting to ship, we suspect that these were LTE iPad mini shipments.