Authorities in New York have caught a group they believe was responsible for a series of burglaries at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The group was accused of stealing more than $ 6 million worth of branded goods from luxury brands such as Gucci, Prada and Chanel and selling stolen goods.
Queens County District Attorney Melinda Katz said two former truck drivers who worked at JFK, David Lacarriere and Gary McArthur, used their knowledge of how shipments were received at the airport to forge documents. with flight details. They and others then load the designer pallets into a trailer and drive away.
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JFK is the largest airport in the New York City area. According to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, more than 1.3 million tons of cargo passed through the airport last year.
JFK is also the site of the famous 1978 Lufthansa heist, famous in the movie “Goodfellas”.
“Of course our airports must be safe and secure for travelers, but they must also be trusted by international companies that deliver goods to our area,” Katz said in a statement. lice.
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According to Katz, when police found abandoned trailers used in the theft, they were empty except for trash cans, and inside were soaked with bleach.
Investigators from the Port Police Department and the FBI eventually tracked the men to a closed salon in Jamaica, Queens, which was used as a storage house for stolen goods. On June 3, police ransacked the store, interrupting the sale of 117 items to Alan Vu in Jersey City, New Jersey. Katz said the items, mostly Chanel handbags, were worth more than $ 300,000.
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Police raided the store and found boxes of stolen items. They recalled more than 3,000 Gucci bags and clothing items along with 1,000 Chanel wallets, jewelry and sunglasses. They value these items more than 2.5 million dollars.
According to Katz, a jury indicted six defendants for a total of 22 counts. Two of them are still being searched by the police.