Nov 19 2012, 1:47am CST | by Mark Raby
An employee who aided in the theft of nearly $2 million worth of iPad mini tablets has been arrested. As part of a massive investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Renel Rene Richardson was found to be at least one of the masterminds of the plot.
Richardson worked out of the Cargo Air Services building of JFK Airport in New York City when he decided he might be able to organize a potentially un-traceable theft of very precious cargo from Apple. He allegedly worked with other accomplices who loaded pallets and pallets of iPad minis into a huge semi truck.
Unfortunately, someone realized something was amiss, and the driver(s) of the semi took off. It is believed that most of them still managed to escape onto the black market, since it is almost impossible to track down specific model numbers to the affected shipments.
Nevertheless, significant progress was made by the arrest of Richardson, who is believed to have been the lookout during the entire operation (it may be because of him that the truck was actually able to leave the airport grounds).
According to investigation details, Richardson had been asking other employees suspicious questions about where he would be able to gain access to a forklift, something that presumably was not a part of his normal daily job responsibilities.
It's been reported that many iPad minis that popped up for sale on Craigslist on Long Island are suspected as being part of the pilfered packages. But without some sort of definitive link back to Richardson's scheme, there may be nothing that officials can do about it.
With more than 10 years as a professional writer, Mark Raby has an undeniable pulse on the latest trends. From the quiet rumors to the breaking news of the day, his eagle eye is always focused on the newest scoop and figuring out how and why the big newsmakers are noteworthy and relevant. He is based in New York City.
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