ipad mini boxThe New York Post reports that thieves managed to steal $1.5 million worth of iPad minis from a warehouse at Kennedy Airport in New York City on Monday night. The heist, which appears to have been an inside job, netted the criminals two pallets containing 3,600 iPad minis.

The crooks arrived at Building 261 around 11 p.m. in a white tractor trailer marked with the name CEVA on the side, according to the sources. They pulled up to the side of the airport building that faces onto a street and has less security than the other side, which is accessible from the airport tarmac.

Sources believe someone let them into the area and then let them out after they grabbed the iPads.

They grabbed about 3,600 of the minis that were being shipped by a company called Cargo Airport Services, which said the iPads had just arrived from China and were destined for locations around the US.

Three other pallets were left behind when the thieves fled after being approached by a warehouse worker.

The report does not specifically identify which types of iPad minis were stolen in the heist, but with pre-orders of the new cellular-capable models on their way to customers over the next several days, it seems possible that the units were LTE models in the process of being distributed for launch-day sales.

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Top Rated Comments

kwiiboy Avatar
151 months ago
Nice iPad Mini box.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rmatthewware Avatar
151 months ago
So if someone offers you iPads from their trunk, these might actually be real for once, rather than a brick.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ck2875 Avatar
151 months ago
Apple really lost out more because now they have to reship $1.5 million worth of iPad minis to customers who are now not getting it.

I imagine the shipping company will be the one financially responsible.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
toby00001 Avatar
151 months ago
Found them...

http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/syd/3411166095.html
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bacaramac Avatar
151 months ago
So for any of you who had delivery dates this week and it has now moved to next week, we know what happened. Haha
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bacaramac Avatar
151 months ago
Actually, I think Apple has insurance, so there is no loss, only delivery delays.

I assume it's not Apple's insurance. I would think the shipping company has full insurance and responsibility for this. Apple doesn't own the shipping companies, they contract out that work.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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