A worker at New York’s JFK airport has been questioned over the US$1.9 million heist of 3,600 Apple iPad minis from the airport last week.
According to The New York Post, US federal agents caught Renel Rene Richardson after he allegedly “made suspicious inquiries to co-workers about the gadget shipment and where forklifts might be found, according to court papers.”
The report believes Richardson acted as a lookout for two accomplices, who loaded two pallets of the 7in tablets onto a truck using one of the airport’s forklifts and despite questioning from an airport worker escaped with the goods.
Investigators believed the theft was an inside job, questioning three airport staff members with a polygraph test last week. It is not known whether one of those questioned was Richardson.
Apple products have been a prominent target of thieves in 2012, with a ram-raid attack in September leaving a California Apple Store in a mangled mess and a New York Police Department report highlighting a 40 percent rise in Apple product-related crime.