FBI nabs ‘Dumbfella’ in $1.9 million iPad mini heist

By , Nov 18, 2012

It took investigators working on Thursday’s snatch-and-grab – one that saw crooks drive away with two pallets of iPad minis worth $1.9 million – less than 24 hours to nab a suspect, a JFK Airport worker.

As Ed told you, two unidentified individuals used the airport’s own forklift to load the iPads onto their truck just before midnight Monday. The thieves operated in the same cargo area where director Martin Scorsese filmed a Lufthansa flight heist in the 1978 mob flick “GoodFellas”.

The Bureau was able to apprehend airport worker Renel Rene Richardson on the grounds that he made suspicious inquiries to co-workers about the gadget shipment and where forklifts might be found. What a “Dumbfella”…

He acted as a lookout.

Richardson had two accomplices at the Cargo Air Services building, where he also worked, the investigation has determined.

These unidentified individuals loaded two pallets of iPads onto a truck and drove away “after another worker confronted them”.

New York Post has more info:

After the FBI arrested him, Richardson accompanied the Port Authority detectives on Wednesday night as they searched Long Island for the truck, law-enforcement sources said.

The article doesn’t mention whether the devices have been recovered.

Although the crooks snatched two pallets with 3,600 iPad minis from China and destined for U.S. buyers, they left three more loads likely to have held even more of Apple’s newest tablets.

Place your bets now: will the FBI find the crooks?

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  • Latinpride011

    They will.. Give him a lighter sentence and he will talk in a heart beat

  • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

    One does not simply “get away” with stealing Apple products

  • Guest

    They definitely will find them. I work at an airport and they almost always recover these things. It’s only a matter of time :)

  • Guest

    They will find them

  • Shakur

    What is tim cook going to say about the iPad mini’s in the next apple event

  • Shakur

    He’s going to say we sold all the stock

  • http://www.facebook.com/ronnie.lashbrook Ronnie Lashbrook

    They will. Trust me I work on airport grounds and the # of cameras they have at any airport is nuts. And soon. Guaranteed :)

  • Guest

    I work at bhx airport

  • Guest

    He will grass them up

  • http://twitter.com/lgasparjnr laszlo gaspar

    I don’t think they will find them

  • Marcos

    offtopic: my iPhone 5 has always the proximity sensor on. I’ve got the raise to speak off, is there a way to turn the sensor it off? It’s draining my battery

  • http://twitter.com/alonsoaranda23 Alonso Aranda

    It wasn’t the FBI. It was the apple police.

    • Dlevi309

      it wasn’t the apple police. It was the fuzz.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=562065068 Justin Amberson

    Goodfellas is one of the greatest movies ever and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t released in 1978. It was late 80s/early 90s. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    Ever since 9/11 crime of all times is much harder to get away with

  • Jagio

    GoodFellas is from 1990. The Lufthansa heist was in 1978.

  • Osama Bin Laden

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