Maybe you remember the Lufthansa heist, maybe it was before your time. Either way, all you need to know was that at the time, in 1978, a lot of cash and diamonds got stolen – $5 million worth. If that sounds like it could be the plot of Goodfellas, that’s because it pretty much is. Literally. The big heist in Goodfellas was a direct reference to the Lufthansa heist.
Well, guess what? There’s been a sequel, and no, it’s not quite as good as the original.
It’s still impressive enough, from a criminal standpoint, though – $1.5 million worth of iPad Minis (yeah, not as movie-worthy as cash and diamonds, but hey, it’s the sequel) were lifted from the exact same place where the Lufthansa heist took place 34 years ago – Building 261, a cargo building at JFK International Airport.
The thieves needed some heavy lifting for this one – the heist was performed using a forklift to steal two pallets of iPad Minis – an estimated 3,600 of the devices in all. The thieves, who struck at around 11:00 on Wednesday night, had their sights set on three more pallets, but were forced to escape when an employee returned from his dinner break and caught the thieves in the act.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey suspect that the heist was an “inside job.” Quick, someone get Martin Scorcese on the phone.