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Crooks Steal $1.5M In iPads From JFK

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the poof-they're-gone dept.

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alphadogg writes "A pair of brazen crooks punched another hole in the lax JFK security when they stole a trove of new Apple iPad minis — worth $1.5 million — from the same cargo building that was the site of the 1978 Lufthansa heist featured in GoodFellas, according to the New York Post. The crooks struck shortly before midnight on Monday and used one of the airport's own forklifts to load two pallets of the tablet computers into a truck, according to law-enforcement sources. It's been a crazy year for iPad/iPhone thefts in New York City and elsewhere."

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Serialized? (4, Insightful)

drkim (1559875) | about 2 years ago | (#41999527)

Does Apple have a way to not allow these to be used if turned on, or can they track them through some kind of CPU ID code?

Re:Serialized? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41999545)

Apple doesn't care. This will be covered by insurance and they'll still make a profit from those iPads. Bricking them will only hurt the poor schmuck that unknowingly buys one off ebay.

Re:Serialized? (5, Interesting)

Mr2cents (323101) | about 2 years ago | (#41999559)

But maybe the police does care to catch the criminals involved...

Re:Serialized? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41999573)

But maybe the police does care to catch the criminals involved...

Maybe they can, I dunno, do some police work, then?

Re:Serialized? (2, Funny)

evil_aaronm (671521) | about 2 years ago | (#41999653)

And maybe unicorns shit rainbows. /* I'm not harshing you, just police. */

Re:Serialized? (5, Informative)

jhoegl (638955) | about 2 years ago | (#41999685)

The insurance companies care as well.

Re:Serialized? (2, Insightful)

houghi (78078) | about 2 years ago | (#41999707)

What they can do is blame terrorists (It happened at an airport, so it must be terrorists) and then ask for a law that enables police to ask anybody to identify themselves and hand over your phone for inspection.

Re:Serialized? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42000615)

No no no, they were incited by someone who made a video. It was not terrorism, nothing to see here, please move along. Drop your paycheck at the door on the way out. We'll take good care of you and tell you what to think.

Re:Serialized? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42000465)

Uhh, what? Did you think about that before you typed it? Even if Apple didn't press charges they would be investigating and detaining suspects if they found any.

Re:Serialized? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42000475)

Obviously meant to respond to the parent of the comment I posted to. Irony :(

Re:Serialized? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42000679)

Talk to the government, it's a well known fact that most robbery rings operating out of airports are run by the TSA.

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=7447038

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=266573

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/convicted-tsa-officer-reveals-secrets-thefts-airports/story?id=17339513

etc.

My God.. (5, Insightful)

mumblestheclown (569987) | about 2 years ago | (#41999583)

That's like 9 ipads.

Re:My God.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41999635)

They were "minis"...so it's more like 12

Re:My God.. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42001159)

The **AA said it was just one, but it had some movies and music in it.

Re:My God.. (1)

jkiller (1030766) | about 2 years ago | (#42001331)

The **AA said it was just one, but it had some movies and music in it.

Mod this funny. Please.

Re:Serialized? (2)

wvmarle (1070040) | about 2 years ago | (#41999609)

Not likely they're being put up for sale on e-bay: to easy to track back who it comes from. You can count on it being sold as "fallen off a truck".

And Apple is possibly not even hit by this theft directly: they may be the manufacturer of the devices, but that doesn't mean that they still owned the lot that has been stolen.

That said, the serial numbers are most definitely known by the people who owned the lot. When one of those appears on the market they will be instantly able to tell it's one of that lot. So also no warranty or anything any more.

Re:Serialized? (1)

flimflammer (956759) | about 2 years ago | (#41999889)

That said, the serial numbers are most definitely known by the people who owned the lot. When one of those appears on the market they will be instantly able to tell it's one of that lot. So also no warranty or anything any more.

Which really sucks for the quite many unknowing individuals buying one of these.

Re:Serialized? (1)

Joce640k (829181) | about 2 years ago | (#41999899)

If you buy iPad minis from people in gas stations you're not really "unknowing", are you?

Re:Serialized? (1)

flimflammer (956759) | about 2 years ago | (#41999927)

Yes, because they truly only sell these kinds of things at gas stations.

Re:Serialized? (1)

Joce640k (829181) | about 2 years ago | (#42000085)

Re:Serialized? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42000433)

How stupid can you get?

Re:Serialized? (2, Funny)

Joce640k (829181) | about 2 years ago | (#42000953)

According to Einstein, there's no theoretical limit.

Re:Serialized? (2, Interesting)

jamesh (87723) | about 2 years ago | (#42000159)

And Apple is possibly not even hit by this theft directly

They are hit directly, but not like you think. Firstly, someone is now out a few boxes of iPads, so they have to be replaced. More money for Apple. Also, assuming these iPads get sold and the new "owners" start buying apps, there are now even more app sales. Even more money for Apple.

It might be in the insurers interest to brick these stolen devices and make them unusable, but it's not in Apples interest.

Re:Serialized? (3, Insightful)

mark-t (151149) | about 2 years ago | (#42000697)

The insurer could make it in Apple's interest by raising the cost of insurance if they don't have provisions to do this.

Re:Serialized? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42000225)

"And Apple is possibly not even hit by this theft directly: they may be the manufacturer of the devices, but that doesn't mean that they still owned the lot that has been stolen."

Are you kidding? These gangs are paid by apple to steal them, then the vendor has to order new ones.

Re:Serialized? (1)

mark-t (151149) | about 2 years ago | (#42000683)

The poor shmuck who buys it off ebay would still be buying stolen property. Sucks to be him (or her), but it shouldn't matter at all if they will be hurt. Buyers don't have many protections against the risk of purchasing stolen goods other than the ability to rightfully sue who they bought it from, even if the goods were sold "as-is". That a buyer didn't know something was stolen before buying it entitles them to exactly zip.

Re:Serialized? (1)

fast turtle (1118037) | about 2 years ago | (#42001107)

Apple doesn't give a damn since they'd already been paid for them. That's the reason they were being shipped. Cash first, then ship.

Re:Serialized? (0)

chucklebutte (921447) | about 2 years ago | (#41999571)

Bad for app sales. Hardware is always a loss, the money is in the software.

Re: Serialized? (1)

Relayman (1068986) | about 2 years ago | (#42000185)

You're talking about Amazon, not Apple. Please read before posting.

Re:Serialized? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41999783)

Apple won't be taking that loss. It's the freight company's insurance underwriter who'll have to cover it.

Re:Serialized? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42000283)

It would be odd for Apple or the freight company to insure these shipments. When shipping so many units you can calculate how many will get lost and you should cover the loss rate yourself. This would be cheaper, if it wouldn't be cheaper then the insurance company would be making a loss.

I do this with notebooks myself, since I buy once every few years, I will cover my own repairs and losses, instead of insuring. Because insuring can costs as much as 1/3 of the price of the notebook per year.

Re:Serialized? (1)

rikkards (98006) | about 2 years ago | (#41999965)

Yep Serial number is engrained in it. And they can track who actually has it by the IP of the host machine when it connects to iTunes. Idiot buys new hardware nowadays. If people track the serial numbers of your hardware and report it to them they can disable it and potentially find it. Guaranteed they will be this time.

Re:Serialized? (1)

gr3yh47 (2023310) | about 2 years ago | (#42000803)

Yep Serial number is engrained in it. And they can track who actually has it by the IP of the host machine when it connects to iTunes.

No, No they cannot. They can figure out who has it if someone logs into iTunes, but an IP does not identify a person.

If people track the serial numbers of your hardware and report it to them they can disable it and potentially find it. Guaranteed they will be this time.

What people are tracking and reporting serials? and disabling and finding the device are pretty mutually exclusive. As others have pointed out, Apple will likely prefer making money from app sales on these devices, while some insurance company covers the monetary loss of the hardware.

First post! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41999533)

Sent from my brand new iPad.

Re:First post! (5, Funny)

lord_rob the only on (859100) | about 2 years ago | (#41999735)

This shows that you should really have bought a Android powered tablet ;-)

Re:First post! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42000369)

Speaking of, Jellybean 4.2 just became available.

Re:First post! (2, Insightful)

MachineShedFred (621896) | about 2 years ago | (#42000461)

Which you'll be able to install on like 5% of the Android devices out there!

And The Culprit Is, (4, Informative)

Penurious Penguin (2687307) | about 2 years ago | (#41999547)

Re:And The Culprit Is, (4, Insightful)

Mashiki (184564) | about 2 years ago | (#41999593)

That was my first thought, that it was an inside job or serious help and an inside job. And to be honest you're not off on believing it either, there's an old bit in criminology where 70-80% of your theft comes from internal sources. Of that 70-80%, 40-50% of those people will steal regardless of whether or not they're going to get caught.

Seriously the entire organization needs to be launched into the sun, it's the only way to be sure.

Re:And The Culprit Is, (5, Funny)

Penurious Penguin (2687307) | about 2 years ago | (#41999639)

Seriously the entire organization needs to be launched into the sun, it's the only way to be sure.

Ha! And you know they'd go straight for the warmest parts!

Re:And The Culprit Is, (1)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | about 2 years ago | (#42000261)

Ha! And you know they'd go straight for the warmest parts!

Actually, these are actually the coldest part. The purpose of the small baggy is to keep the marbles away from the body heat, because they produce more and better cream when slightly cooler than the body.

Re:And The Culprit Is, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42001089)

small baggy

Speak for yourself!

Re: And The Culprit Is, (1)

Relayman (1068986) | about 2 years ago | (#42000189)

Please learn how to use the "a" tag.

Re:And The Culprit Is, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42000909)

Yeah, I know some of you are wondering WTF all the links, and "does he have a grudge" and so on. Well, suffice it to say my encounter with the scoundrels was double plus ungood.

Things get worse when you're a foreigner on a flight back home, getting out of the country. They know that it will cost you a thousand dollars to return to the US just to complain about some missing items from your luggage.

So they steal. A lot. And I bet that they look at each other while doing that and say "screw it, they're foreigners". And I am sure that this is what their supervisors say too.

Re:And The Culprit Is, (5, Interesting)

LoRdTAW (99712) | about 2 years ago | (#42001311)

TSA has nothing to do with freight, they are responsible for the safety of the travelling public. US customs handles freight shipments into and out of the country. But I doubt it was them. Most of the freight comes into warehouses located on the outskirts of the airport off the Nassau expressway at the end of Rockaway blvd. I lived 5 minuted from JFK and know numerous people who worked in and around JFK, luggage handlers, truck drivers, warehouse workers, customs agent, freight company managers etc.

The best insight into freight theft came from a retired truck driver I know. Basically nearly all of the theft is committed by employees, managers and owners of the cargo companies. There are hijackings and sometimes a trailer is stolen but those are few and far between. The stories he told me (he was part of the theft problem, he wasn't ashamed about it) were often simple and mundane.

Stealing HP computers bound for Israel? Open the boxes, take computers out, replace with rocks and deliver to airport. Unhappy Jewish person gets a box of rocks.

How to steal 10 Playstation 2's (on launch day no less) bound for Best Buy's distribution center? Freight company stupidly hands him security seal to put on trailer door, he puts on seal but doesn't let it lock, freight employee is fooled and signs off. Stop truck remove a bunch of PS2's put seal back on trailer and actually let it lock. Best Buy stumped that PS2's were stolen en-route when seal was locked and signed off. They search trailer for holes or tampering but none found. Gets away with it and hocks PS2's for $800 each.

Steal designer cloths? Many college kids get part time jobs at clothing stores, usually lazy or ignorant of shipments. He steals 2 boxes from a shipment of 20 boxes. Clueless college kid receives 18 boxes, doesn't count them and signs for 20 boxes.

Designer hand bag shipment stored at warehouse? Company owner makes entire skid disappear from warehouse over night. Blames employees for theft.

The list could go on but those were the stories I remember. And it wasn't only him but many others who stole: warehouse workers, truck drivers, managers, bosses/owners. You name it, they stole it. So no doubt it was an inside job.

What is it Obi Wan? (5, Funny)

Provocateur (133110) | about 2 years ago | (#41999553)

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of hipster voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

What's the big deal... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41999555)

That means he only took like 10 iPads.

Bad luck (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41999557)

Get shot my magic bullets, then have $1.5M worth of iPads stolen. That's rough.

Sooo... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41999591)

Is it bad to hope for them to just destroy them?

Goodfellas? That's funny ... (1, Funny)

boudie2 (1134233) | about 2 years ago | (#41999595)

Tommy DeVito: [it becomes quiet] Funny how? What's funny about it? Anthony Stabile: Tommy no, You got it all wrong. Tommy DeVito: Oh, oh, Anthony. He's a big boy, he knows what he said. What did ya say? Funny how? Henry Hill: Jus... Tommy DeVito: What? Henry Hill: Just... ya know... you're funny. Tommy DeVito: You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it's me, I'm a little fucked up maybe, but I'm funny how, I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to fuckin' amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny? Henry Hill: Just... you know, how you tell the story, what? Tommy DeVito: No, no, I don't know, you said it. How do I know? You said I'm funny. How the fuck am I funny, what the fuck is so funny about me? Tell me, tell me what's funny! Henry Hill: [long pause] Get the fuck out of here, Tommy! Tommy DeVito: [everyone laughs] Ya motherfucker! I almost had him, I almost had him. Ya stuttering prick ya. Frankie, was he shaking? I wonder about you sometimes, Henry. You may fold under questioning.

At first I thought... (4, Insightful)

blind biker (1066130) | about 2 years ago | (#41999637)

I thought it was the TSA itself - but the iPad Mini is rather new, for the TSA to have stolen that many of them since launch, at least at a single airport.

Re:At first I thought... (0)

Penurious Penguin (2687307) | about 2 years ago | (#41999703)

When in doubt, blame the TSA; because when you're certain, you're probably being Tased.
- Tricksters Seizing Apples

More human stupidity? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41999677)

They steal 1.5 mil worth of hardware, top of the shelf stuff? How are they going to sell it? In a year, hell, half a year, their value will go down by half. Soon after, another version will appear.

Of all the stuff that passes through an airport, THAT's what they stole? The police have it easy, people who worked in that area the past three days and the past 5 years, then reduce that batch by seeing who the idiots are.

Of course, if it's the TSA who probably have access everywhere, it will blow into an enormous scandal.

Re:More human stupidity? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42000239)

The 2..3 000 slave pads are allready travelling to some "friendly" country, they'll probably get 200$/unit in Brazil, Colombia or Guinea Equatorial...
Or maybe they are still in the same area just relabelled, and waiting to be forward somewhere...

So minimal risk, serious money, what's not to love (if you have some larceny in your blood...)

Of course it is immoral it will give a lower entry cost for a shiny piece of junk aimed at increasing your braindead consuming capacity...
People tell that the ipod/pad/phone etc... are "easy to use", when in reallity they make it easy to "consume content" and do about nothing about "creating content"...
So yes they make it easy to use you ...

Wait... what?!? (5, Funny)

cbope (130292) | about 2 years ago | (#41999689)

What is a dead president doing with $1.5M worth of iPads in the first place?

Re:Wait... what?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41999957)

I don't know how you define "standard pallets" because there are as many types of pallets for different applications as there are forklifts. But let me make the following assumptions.

Let's assume the following:

the ipads were sitting on a blue chep pallet http://www.tcllogistics.com/chep.htm . These pallets can hold up to 2.5 tons of material (I used to have to move around pallets with 2.5 tons worth of stepping stones and garden soil when I worked through college).

forklifts can lift at least 3 tons

1 ton = 2,000 lbs

an ipad mini weights about 0.68 pounds or 1 pound boxed up with all of the materials inside.

therefore a pallet can hold up to 2,500 ipads. 2,000 ipads on a pallet is not farfetched.

Re:Wait... what?!? (1)

dristoph (1207920) | about 2 years ago | (#42000881)

Too soon.

Re:a dead president and iPads (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42001473)

Ever heard of the Texas Book Depository? What do you think the modern equivalent of a book depository is? Right: an iPad. Assassinations always take place from data depositories. You think it's a coincidence that this happened on the same say that Israel attached Gaza? Look up "hardware back door" and "sub space radio." I can't say any more. We're being watched.

And.... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41999765)

... not a single fuck was given that day.

Maybe 1.5M of Namibian Dollars (1, Interesting)

Ivan Stepaniuk (1569563) | about 2 years ago | (#41999785)

Otherwise I'm sure that ~4559 iPad boxes (@ USD 329 per unit) would certainly not fit in any standard pair of pallets that can be forklifted.

Re:Maybe 1.5M of Namibian Dollars (4, Informative)

unkiereamus (1061340) | about 2 years ago | (#41999947)

Well, I had to take some WAGs, but based on this image: http://assets.ilounge.com/images/uploads/ipadminifr2.jpg [ilounge.com] and the stated technical dimensions of the ipad mini of 7.8 x 5.3 x .28 inches, I'm guesstimating a packaging dimension of 8 x 5.5 x 1.25 inches. Assuming an ISO 40 x 48 inch pallet, and a stack height of 48 inches (and without running the math for an optimal stacking solution), I make it as each layer being 5 (40/8) x 8 (48/5.5) = 40 units, with 38 layers, for a total of 1520 units per pallet.

Assuming that every one of them was the base model at $329, that would be just over a million dollars (1,000,160) for the two pallets, for the top of the line at $659, that's just over two million dollars (2,003,360).

It's probably a mix of models, and obviously my WAGs are going to be off some, but really, 1.5 million for 2 pallets isn't a wholly unreasonable number.

Re:Maybe 1.5M of Namibian Dollars (4, Informative)

unkiereamus (1061340) | about 2 years ago | (#42000017)

I'm sorry, I forgot to address the weight issue. Per the Apple store, the weight ranges from 308-312g depending on model, and per their environmental report (http://images.apple.com/environment/reports/docs/iPadmini_PER_oct2012.pdf), the packaging weighs in at 333g, I couldn't easily find any numbers for the charger and cord etc, but I'm just going to go hog wild and round the whole thing up from 645g to 750g to cover them. So 1520*750 = 1,140,000g or 1,140kg or 2,513 lbs.

Toyota's bottom of the line forklift (http://www.toyotaforklift.com/product/InternalCombustionCushionTireLiftTrucks/8seriesic.aspx) has a rated capacity of 3,000 lbs.)

Re:Maybe 1.5M of Namibian Dollars (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42001075)

Did they need to move a Nokia Win8 phone box or a MS Surface box to get to the pallets?

Re:Maybe 1.5M of Namibian Dollars (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42000415)

Would be a fun exercise to calculate the average maximum amount people were willing to pay per device. If 1.5 mil is based off the retail value, what 's the expected street value?

Re:Maybe 1.5M of Namibian Dollars (1)

Smallpond (221300) | about 2 years ago | (#42000623)

You don't have to guess. Just buy one of the stolen iPads from eFence. [ebay.com]

What a pity (4, Funny)

silentcoder (1241496) | about 2 years ago | (#41999795)

the thieves didn't steal a container of biological warfare agents instead... it would have been a far less hazardous thing to try and fence.

So basically 3 are stolen (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41999859)

Worse they will be reported "sold".

Is this stuff that matters..? (0)

red crab (1044734) | about 2 years ago | (#41999863)

$1.5 M iPads get pilfered from airport...okay..whats tech-worthy here: the fact that stolen goods were iPads, or that the dramatic way in which the heist was carried out?

Re:Is this stuff that matters..? (2)

opus_magnum (1688810) | about 2 years ago | (#41999917)

I believe it's a snarky comment on airport security.

Re:Is this stuff that matters..? (2)

flimflammer (956759) | about 2 years ago | (#41999921)

Yes, this eye-opening revelation of yours truly never gets old no matter how many times different people bring it up.

Re:Is this stuff that matters..? (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | about 2 years ago | (#42000677)

Yes, this eye-opening revelation of yours truly never gets old no matter how many times different people bring it up.

Are iFellows also geeks or iNerds.

Public Service (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42000047)

Crooks Perform Public Service

FTFY

MAC Address anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42000053)

Old news..
These crooks may have been "brazen", they're also pretty stupid....

YApple knows the serial numbers and the MAC addresses of the stolen items and the very first time someone uses the App Store, iTunes or even connects to Apple servers, they will be flagged, the GPS location logged and someone (law enforcement or maybe Apple security) will show up at the location.

To use a car analogy: It would be like someone stealing a car and then trying to register/license it with the Department of Motor Vehicles using its VIN.

And remember, at least in the US, even just possession of stolen property can land you in a lot of trouble, regardless if you performed the actual theft.

Re:MAC Address anyone? (1)

ledow (319597) | about 2 years ago | (#42000353)

Assuming that they end up in a country over which a US court has jurisdiction and don't just, for example, get exported to some out-of-the-way country that would kill for the latest tech and aren't too bothered about whether Apple "supports" their hardware or not.

Wouldn't be surprised if those devices weren't already out in the wild somewhere, in some other country, and though you can block them from going on iTunes, etc. you can't stop them being hacked / used for other things. Plus, the criminals would actually make quite a lot of money just selling them as stolen goods - more than enough to cover their risk - even if they are instantly disabled. No doubt there are some Apple Store hacks wandering around the net already and that store would presumably operate by software sending some unique identifier to Apple? Hack the software, change the identifier, problem solved.

Believe it or not, Apple doesn't run the world, and even stolen goods have a market for them. Your car analogy still holds, though - but do you think some Middle Eastern country's politicians would care that the luxury sports cars they obtained were originally stolen from elsewhere and couldn't be registered in the US? That exact same thing already happens with cars, and a truck full of iPads is even easier to move out of the country without detection.

Re:MAC Address anyone? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 2 years ago | (#42000377)

Also, if you have no legitimate means of support, enough to cover your risk isn't very much... This is why there are so many thieves, there are so many poor.

Re:MAC Address anyone? (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | about 2 years ago | (#42000745)

Assuming that they end up in a country over which a US court has jurisdiction and don't just, for example, get exported to some out-of-the-way country that would kill for the latest tech and aren't too bothered about whether Apple "supports" their hardware or not.

Thank you for your support, I shall wear it always. David Frost

Re:MAC Address anyone? (3, Insightful)

moeinvt (851793) | about 2 years ago | (#42000409)

I doubt that the people who pulled off the heist stole the machines with the intent to keep them for personal use.

Re:MAC Address anyone? (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | about 2 years ago | (#42000965)

Two words:

Beowulf Cluster.

D-U-N-S number too (1)

tepples (727027) | about 2 years ago | (#42001551)

In order to make a cluster of more than 100 machines running iOS, you need an enterprise developer license, which requires a D-U-N-S number.

Re:MAC Address anyone? (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | about 2 years ago | (#42000711)

Old news..
  they will be flagged, the GPS location logged and someone (law enforcement or maybe Apple security) will show up at the location.

GEheimnis STaats Apple POlizei

Re:MAC Address anyone? (1)

mark-t (151149) | about 2 years ago | (#42000791)

Mere possession of stolen property will not land you in any trouble at all whenever you have proof that you acquired it from somebody else, and did not steal it yourself. A receipt of sale is generally going to be adequate in this case.

That will not entitle you to keep the stolen property, however. A buyer, regardless of innocence, must surrender stolen property to the authorities at their own expense. The only thing a buyer gets out of it is the ability to rightfully sue the party they purchased it from for their losses.

Albania (1)

tekrat (242117) | about 2 years ago | (#42001305)

You car analogy holds up, ONLY if these devices continue to be used within USA borders. Just visit Albania for an example. Any luxury car you see there is stolen.

These iPads are likely to be resold within China, where property laws are as lax as intellectual property laws.

foiled! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42000163)

thankfully they got caught real quick because they used iOS Maps for their escape.

LAX ? (2)

vikingpower (768921) | about 2 years ago | (#42000199)

Now where the hell did this happen ? LAX or JFK ? Another great move by the hipster gangsters to conceal their identity.

Oh, the humanity. (1)

jennatalia (2684459) | about 2 years ago | (#42000323)

So, in other words, $1.5M in overpriced electronics.

Talk About Coincidences (1)

Tempest_2084 (605915) | about 2 years ago | (#42000527)

I just saw Goodfellas for the first time two nights ago. As I was reading the first sentence in the headline I was thinking to myself 'Hey just like in Goodfellas' . I have nothing else to add to the discussion (other than you'd think they'd have better security 40 years later), I just thought it was a really weird coincidence.

Old memes never die, they just fade away. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42000543)

Came for 'and nothing of value was lost'. ... was disappointed.

Somebody help me out here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42000567)

What the heck do ipads have to do with walnuts [slashdot.org] or maple syrup [slashdot.org] ?

bad plan (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | about 2 years ago | (#42000635)

Too bad they hadn't considered that nobody wants to buy them. I hope they enjoy all their ipad minis, lol.

Icepick? (1)

netwarerip (2221204) | about 2 years ago | (#42000669)

So instead of an icepick in the back of the neck will these guys get stabbed with a stylus?

horrible (1)

fishingmachine (1363025) | about 2 years ago | (#42000743)

if only these things had some sort of built in tracking device

EBAY! (1)

who_stole_my_kidneys (1956012) | about 2 years ago | (#42000767)

cant wait to buy one dirt cheap.......

Re:EBAY! (1)

j-beda (85386) | about 2 years ago | (#42001091)

At $500 each, $1.5M is only 3000 devices. An extra 3000 iPads on the "second-hand" market is not going to have significant effect over the average selling price, and unless you personally know one of the thieves, it seems unlikely you'll be able to pick up one for a particularly low price.

You could make... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42000801)

a mini iBeowulf cluster of those...

Not fenced here? (1)

Grizzley9 (1407005) | about 2 years ago | (#42001117)

That would take some time to get rid of that many iPad mini's via a back of a van. Likely they have a buyer(s) possibly overseas that's willing to take them as we found on Reddit AMA there are a few countries where Apple cannot sell except through certain middleman channels. I just don't see two guys selling a current version at a gas station/eBay and being able to move all of those without help (in sales).

Although I do know a bunch of CEO's who would love to save handing out bonuses this year and will find a cheap way to compensate...

Funny how? (2)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 2 years ago | (#42001153)

I wanna know, how is this fuckin' funny?

Our secure airports! (1)

tekrat (242117) | about 2 years ago | (#42001187)

Wait a minute...
We gotta strip search grandmas and children before they get on a plane, but someone can roll a truck into the airport containing *anything* and just roll out again with NO SECURITY?

Then there's the incident with the Jet-skier who ran out of gas and washed ashore at JFK, hopped over a fence and then was able to walk through the airport and wasn't detained until *he* alerted security???

Seriously, next time the terrorists attack, it won't be vai the normal vector of waiting online to go through the naked scanners. The TSA is a complete waste of time, money, liberties, dignity, and human rights.

Quibids! (1)

tekrat (242117) | about 2 years ago | (#42001253)

So, I've just figured out the business model for Quibids dot com. No wonder they can advertise on TV that they are selling Macbooks for $67, and iPads for $19 -- and I sat there thinking, "how the hell do they make money doing that?" ... Well, now I know.

Re:Quibids! (1)

crispylinetta (1639533) | about 2 years ago | (#42001403)

Well, that's not how Quibids makes money. They make money because that Macbook was not sold for $67, it was sold for $67+$66+$65+$64...$1.

Steal something good. (1, Funny)

Murdoch5 (1563847) | about 2 years ago | (#42001559)

Wow who cares if I phones / iPad's get stolen. If you steel the under dog technology your not exactly doing very good. If you want to prove a point steel android phones and tablets.
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