Three former airport workers were busted using their insider knowledge to snag $6 million in Prada, Gucci and Chanel shipments from JFK Airport, prosecutors said Thursday.
Two ex-airport truckers, an ex-Delta employee and three others were indicted for their involvement in swiping and then reselling luxury bags, jewelry, sunglasses and shoes from the airport earlier this year, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said at a press conference.
During the first heist on Jan. 31, former airport trucker David Lacarriere, 33, allegedly presented a forged but accurate bill for Prada bags, clothes and accessories that had been shipped to the plane hub. And with the help of another ex-airport trucker, Gary McArthur, 43, they were allegedly able to haul away four pallets of the products in a tractor-trailer truck, Katz said.
It wasn’t until hours later that “the true truckers and the true recipients of the cargo showed up. Clearly that tipped off the airport to the fact that the people who claimed to have been the true recipients hours before were not, in fact, them and we started the investigation,” Katz said.
The two men, aided by two others, were able to earn roughly $804,000 from the first operation, prosecutors allege.
The second heist May 16 and 17 was even bigger haul. The same crew — along with ex-Delta worker Davon Davis, 32 — made off with five air-freight pallets holding thousands of Chanel and Gucci goods valued at over $4.4 million, officials allege.
The goods from the second haul were sold out of shuttered salon Candi World Beauty Bar in Jamaica, Queens, prosecutors say.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Priscilla DeGregory