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Apple Products Stolen From Lufthansa Heist Site at JFK

Nov. 15 (Bloomberg) -- More than $1.5 million worth of Apple Inc. products were stolen from a cargo building at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport that was the site of a 1978 heist memorialized in the movie “Goodfellas.”

Investigators at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, suspect that the theft was an inside job and are pursuing leads, Ron Marsico, a spokesman for the agency, said today in an interview.

The building where the crime took place, Building 261, was the location of the 1978 Lufthansa heist that was documented in the 1990 Martin Scorsese film “Goodfellas,” Marsico said.

The crime was reported earlier today by the New York Post, The thieves used one of the airport’s forklifts to load two pallets of IPad minis, or about 3,600 of the devices, into a truck, the newspaper said, citing unidentified people in law enforcement.

The thieves arrived at the building at about 11 p.m. in a white tractor-trailer on the side of the building that faces the street and has less security than the other side, which is next to the tarmac, the newspaper said, citing the people.

The stolen items had arrived from China and were to be shipped throughout the U.S. by a company called Cargo Airport Services, the Post reported. The thieves left behind three pallets of products after an airport worker returning from dinner challenged them, the newspaper said.

Phil Jensen, director of sales and marketing for Cargo Airport Services, declined to comment on the theft in a telephone interview, citing a pending investigation. The company, which is based at the airport, provides cargo-handling services to more than 80 carriers in the U.S. and Canada, according to its website.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Dolmetsch in New York at cdolmetsch@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net

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