Last updated: 01:05 PM ET, Wed October 26 2016

Suspects Charged with Stealing 23,000 iPhones from Miami International Airport

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | October 26, 2016

Suspects Charged with Stealing 23,000 iPhones from Miami International Airport

PHOTO: The iPhone 6 device. (Photo via YouTube)

On Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that eight people have been charged with stealing 23,000 Apple iPhones from Miami International Airport.

According to The Associated Press, the grand jury indictment said the eight suspects used a tractor-trailer disguised to look like it belonged to a legitimate company and false identification to gain access to Miami International Airport during the April heist.

The suspects were arrested in the Miami area and have been charged with conspiracy to possess stolen goods and other federal charges. In total, the stolen iPhones have been valued at $6.7 million.

In a report from, six of the suspects have been identified as 33-year-old Yoan Perez, 36-year-old Rodolfo Urra, 37-year-old Misael Cabrera, 45-year-old Rasiel Perez, 42-year-old Eloy Garcia and 54-year-old Joaquin Rivas.

Following the heist, the suspects hid the stash of iPhones in a rental storage unit and began to sell them to unidentified buyers. While it is unclear how many of the stolen devices were recovered, reports suggest the phones were destined for Central and South America.

Five of the suspects were arrested this week and appeared before a federal judge Tuesday.


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