Four US men have been arrested for the theft of more than a million dollars of MacBook Airs which sounds a lot but is actually only a couple.
The men were arrested are accused of “participating in a scheme to steal, transport, and sell a shipment of approximately 1,200 computers, valued at over $1 million, that were bound for two public high schools in New Jersey”.
Rather than saving the kids of New Jersey from the perils of the Apple Cargo cult, it would appear that the men thought they could make a lot of dosh from stealing the laptops. Sadly for them, planning was not one of their strong suits.
One of the men, Anton Saljanin, was hired to transport 1,195 laptops from a vendor in Massachusetts on January 15, 2014, after having successfully delivered 1,300 other laptops.
Saljanin appears to have stopped at home in Yorktown Heights, New York, where he left the large, rented Penske truck in a parking lot overnight. When he came back the next day, he told police, the truck was gone. The coppers smelt a rat because he told them that no one else knew that he was making the delivery.
Later in the day, Saljanin told Yorktown Police that he went looking for the truck, and happened to find it in a parking lot just off Interstate 84 in Danbury, Connecticut, approximately 27 miles away.
He claimed that he spotted it from the highway by coincidence. When coppers investigated there was no sign that the truck had been broken into. However there were indications that it had been broken into at the Danbury parking lot.
Another problem was that the you could not see the Danbury Parking Lot if you were driving along Interstate 84.
Then there was the small matter of the surveillance footage which showed the truck being driven by Saljanin and his brother, Gjon a few minutes before the truck was supposed to have been stolen. Instead of going to the Yorktown parking lot it was seen near the home of another one of the defendants, Ujka Vulaj.
All the timings suggest that the time difference between the story are perfect for the amount of time it would take to drive to Vulaj’s residence, unload the computers, and return to the route to the Front Street Parking Lot.
Vulaj and a bloke called Carlos Caceres, sold some of the laptops for as little as half of their regular retail price—$500 in cash.