Thousands of Apple iPad minis stolen in NY warehouse break-in
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The iPad mini is a thing of beauty for Apple fans and tablet fans alike. Unsurprising really when it sports such hardware as the Apple A5 System-on-Chip, up to 64 GB of flash memory and a resolution of 1024x768 all bundled up in a petite 7.9-inch format. Such an appealing piece of technology has become a must buy, especially in the weeks just before Christmas. It is no surprise that it has also become a must "steal" item too, as a criminal gang in New York managed to escape with around 3,600 of the devices this week.
Breaking into a warehouse at JFK airport in the borough of Queens, the thieves used a fork-lift truck to carry off two full pallets of Apple's mini before being confronted by a suspicious airport worker. If they had been undisturbed, they might have carried off the remaining three pallets of tablets.
Street value? Around $1.5 million, which means it is going to be a Happy Christmas for these black marketers but possibly not so much for the anxious customers who were expecting to play Angry Birds on their new iPad mini.