JFK worker busted in $1.9 million Apple iPad mini theft

“An airport worker has been accused of being the less-than-master-mind behind the theft of $1.9 million in iPad minis from JFK Airport, court papers revealed yesterday,” Hilip Messing, Mitchel Maddux and Josh Saul report for The New York Post.

“Federal agents were able to nab Renel Rene Richardson because he allegedly made suspicious inquiries to co-workers about the gadget shipment and where forklifts might be found, according to court papers,” Messing, Maddux and Saul report. “The iPads were stolen Monday using an airport forklift.”

Messing, Maddux and Saul report, “After the FBI arrested him, Richardson accompanied the Port Authority detectives on Wednesday night as they searched Long Island for the truck, law-enforcement sources said. It is unclear whether the iPads have been recovered.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: That didn’t take long!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

Related article:
3,600 new Apple iPad minis worth $1.5 million stolen from JFK Airport – November 15, 2012


  1. He should be put on a chain gang and he should have to break a rock got every single dollar worth of merchandise he stole.

    Only after all the rocks are broken should he be released. And then only with a tracking devise embedded in him.

  2. It takes rare genius to steal something that the minute it is turned on broadcasts a signal telling the world its serial number and location. Surely Apple can locate their own devices. This guy is right up there with all the other geniuses who you see on court TV shows.

  3. AAPL maintain list of all devices’ S/N, IMEI, and other identifiable numbers. I assume AAPL can just black-list the stolen iPads.

    One more thing… I just hope that Renel Rene Richardson guy is not directly related to Scott Forstall in any way. 🙂

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