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Thieves 'steal $1.5m in iPad Minis from JFK airport'

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Thieves have stolen a shipment of Apple's iPad Mini tablet computers worth around $1.5 million (£945,000).

The theft was made from the same cargo building at JFK airport that was hit with the 1978 Lufthansa heist featured in the movie Goodfellas, according to the New York Post.

The iPad Mini

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Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, stars of 'Goodfellas'

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Citing "law enforcement sources", the US tabloid reports that two robbers broke into the building before midnight on Monday (November 12) and then used one of the airport's own forklifts to take two loaded pallets of iPad Minis.

The thieves could have taken three more pallets of Apple devices in the raid, but they had to leave after being challenged by an airport worker returning from dinner, the sources said.

Investigators are said to suspect an "inside job" and have been questioning all workers at Building 261, including polygraph tests.

Sources believe that someone let the thieves in when they arrived at 11pm in a white tractor marked with the name CEVA.

The iPad Mini, at left, is shown next to the 4th Generation iPad

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They were then able to take around 3,600 of the iPad Minis that had just arrived from China and were to be shipped by a company called Cargo Airport Services to various US locations.

The New York Post notes that the incident occurred in the same building at JFK where a group of crooks stole $5 million (£3.15 million) in cash and nearly $900,000 (£567,400) worth of jewellery on December 11, 1978.

The mastermind of the robbery, considered one of the biggest in US history, was alleged to be Luchese crime-family associate James 'Jimmy the Gent' Burke.

The famous raid was featured in Martin Scorsese's classic film Goodfellas, which was based on the life of Burke's associate-turned-informant Henry Hill.

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