Smooth criminals steal $1.5 million worth of iPad minis

Smooth criminals steal $1.5 million worth of iPad minis
And just like that, two guys with a truck have easily managed to steal 3,600 iPad minis that had just arrived at JFK Airport. Somewhere right now, 3,600 Apple customers who couldn't sleep last night, knowing that their new gadgets are almost in their hands, will have to be quite disappointed because they will probably have to wait a bit more to get their iPads...

But such are the risks when you're ordering a hot commodity like the iPad mini nowadays. Apparently, the two guys who wanted to have tablets real bad, managed to load two pallets before an airport worker returned from dinner and started staring at them in a disapproving manner. The iPads have been estimated to cost about $1.5 million, which means that someone's going to have a big party tonight.

If you've been questioning whether the iPad mini will be able to repeat the success of its bigger sibling, here's a real-world proof that people can't wait to get their hands on it. They are literally coming to pick them straight from the airport!

via: TechCrunch | image credit: DailyMail

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iPad mini
  • Display 7.9" 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 4440 mAh



1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Sounds like more than a few orders will be updated with a 'shipping delay' status....

15. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

And they will add the number of stolen goods to the market count.

21. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

of course all this could have been an elaborate plan by Apple to create demand :) PR these days....vultures mate! But yeah seriousy I feel for the people who'll have to wait longer...its really annoying having to wait for a pre-ordered device which is delayed

23. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Ba baaaaa baaaaaaa!

28. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I'm just surprised 3,600 minis got sold. Sure are some gullble people out there... who never heard of the ipad2 (for a low-cost ipad purchaser)

2. Kuherrn

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

Well, that is proof the only thing impressive about the Ipad Mini is it's price...

3. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I may not like Apple but i hate theivery even more :/

16. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

It seems like they only Steal Apple products ....mayB they also Hate Apple....

4. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Do they have the serial numbers? Can they nail them when they log on to the app store?


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Lmfao really good news! Take that you bad fruit. You deserve it!

6. Ray.S

Posts: 456; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Don't be evil!


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

okay Ray.S "cool" true in away?

12. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Nice Google quote haha


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

i was given 2 thumbs down for ????

19. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Sweat not Troll, you'll get more. I think Ray S gave you one too! :D

31. megabok

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 03, 2012

Ray gave you thumbs down. I think he has multiple accounts. Haha

7. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Hey give a call I'll buy one. Just one thing don't be selling me any mirrors lol

8. willywill_evo

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

Sell each ipad mini at $200 on the streets..200x3,600=$720,000 that's $720,000 that Apple will give to two people and Apple will need to replace the customers with another one that's $150x3,600=$540,000 out of Apple pocket again

9. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I suspect an inside job. Apple trying to circumvent a recall by stealing back defective devices. Jk But really: "you're just ordering it wrong"

11. gothicheart

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

nice gimmick...

13. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Too bad they didn't take all of them.. like every single one.

17. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

These stealings more often sound staged for media attention than not let it be an Android device or iOS, whatever.

18. Osman

Posts: 44; Member since: May 07, 2012

Y it always happen with Apple? seems like its one of their Business strategies! same happened with iphone 5! never heard someone stealing sgs3 loaded truck.

22. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Hmm, two pallets of iPad Mini were stolen from a loading dock in JFK airport? I would really like to hear how these events unfolded, this sounds incredibly ridiculous. You would have to be in the work wear the guys at whichever bulk transport company were wearing, and to pull up to a loading dock with a truck and the security not notice? Inside job, someone had to have known exactly what to do and set up the pallets to be left unattended, it's a load of crap for no actual employees were present when the other worker came back from lunch to see two guys and a truck loading up. Another thing is all those iPad minis would have been cataloged by serial and isdn before shipping and listed by pallet number, so they should be able to find each and every one of them the moment you try to purchase anything from iTunes or the App store as well as syncing with iTunes. Don't buy iPads from anyone on the street, it could be stolen property and by law you can be arrested for being in possession of it. Hunt em' Apple, thieves need to be caught and anyone taking advantage of stolen property should also feel the pain. If you didn't create a paper trail buying a product, then that is your fault if it is stolen and you are in possession of it. Your money lost because you couldn't help yourself by buying it off someone on the street or the like. Doubtful that any reputable stores would sell stolen products.

24. madridista

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

They should stack them up, burn them, upload the video on youtube and earn my respect.

25. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

wow. you earned my respect by writing your comment. I bow in front of you madridista.

26. Valdomero

Posts: 666; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

"It's not about the money, it's about sending a message..."

27. jimjam unregistered

I'm not sure that the lady in the picture would like her photo associated with the caption "Smooth criminals steal $1.5 million worth of iPad minis"!!!

30. bojan

Posts: 188; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

is this girl criminal

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