You might remember that the other day a large shipment containing 3,600 Apple iPad minis was stolen
right after it arrived at New York's JFK airport. Thanks to stupidity and good police work by the cops, the mastermind of the heist was busted on Friday. Renel Rene Richardson was taken into custody by the FBI in relation to the stolen Apple iPad mini
units. Richardson and two unnamed accomplices worked at the airport in the Cargo Air Services building where ironically, the 1970's Lufthansa heist memorialized in "GoodFellas
" took place.
Richardson was a lookout during the Apple iPad mini robbery while his two man gang used a forklift to load two pallets of Apple's 7.9 inch tablet onto a truck. After being questioned by an co-worker not involved in the incident, the two drove away with the stolen merchandise.
The NYPD locked onto Richardson after his fellow workers told them that the day of the heist, Richardson kept inquiring when the shipment of Apple iPad minis would arrive. He also asked around about where he might be able to find a forklift. If you are planning on stealing 3,600 units of a tablet from an airport, asking incessantly about when the devices will arrive is not smart. And if you plan on using a forklift to commit the crime, asking co-workers where you might find one could lead to the finger of suspicion
being pointed directly at you.
Port Authority detectives found out about Richardson's inquiries and quickly tracked him down. The FBI arrested him and he led detectives on a search for the truck throughout Long Island. At this point, it is not known if the truck containing the Apple iPad mini tablets has been found and the FBI will not comment. The value of the stolen tablets has been placed at $1.9 million.