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iPhones & Macs among $22K-worth of gear stolen by Miami airport workers

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What you need to know

  • Apple hardware to the tune of almost $22,000 went missing at a Miami airport.
  • Two men have been arrested accused of stealing a raft of Apple products.
  • AirPods, iPhones, and Macs are all said to have been stolen by the two men who are now charged with grand theft and organized scheme to defraud.

Two Miami airport workers have been arrested after they were accused of stealing almost $22,000 in Apple gear that was supposed to wing its way to Chile.

The pair, who worked at the Miami International Airport for Cargo Handling Airport Services — a subcontractor for Chile-based LATAM Airlines — were picked up after lifting AirPods and other Apple hardware to the tune of $21,728.35 according to a local report. In total, five MacBook Pro notebooks, 30 pairs of AirPods and AirPods Pro, and 20 iPhones were stolen. Oh, and a single charging cable — maybe someone's iPhone needed juice on the post-heist drive home.

According to the report, a Miami-Dade police detective arrived at the LATAM cargo facility at 6500 NW 25th St. on May 19 to review CCTV footage of a theft that took place on May 1.In the video, detectives saw the two workers removing two cargo boxes from a shipping pallet, dropping them inside of a rolling trash bin and concealing the boxes with a net, the report states.

The story goes that the pair then rolled the trash bin to a wall before wrapping the boxes in large jackets and making a getaway.

The two men now face charges of grand theft and organized scheme to defraud, according to the report.

Remember folks, the best Mac is one that you paid for!

Apple products could well be among the most stolen thanks to their high price and desirability. Reports of items being stolen from Apple Stores are a regular occurrence, while people having their iPhones stolen have reportedly used Find My to locate their stuff.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.