Missing From Plane at JFK: $1.2M in $100 Bills
It was en route from Zurich to Federal Reserve
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2013 3:45 PM CDT
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(Newser) – If anyone is flashing an endless wad of $100 bills in New York City in the next few days, the FBI would like a word. Somebody stole 12 bundles of the bills for a total of $1.2 million from the cargo of a Swiss International Air Lines jet that landed at JFK yesterday afternoon, reports ABC News. The money was being transferred by an unnamed US bank from Switzerland to the US, and it was heading to the Federal Reserve in New York first. (That's a routine practice when such large sums are involved, reports CNN, so old bills can be exchanged for new ones.)

The problem is that when the money arrived at the Fed, it came up $1.2 million short. Another $92 million was safe and sound. Authorities aren't sure whether the money was stolen before the flight left Zurich or after it landed at JFK, but they're sure it was stolen. A forklift operator reported that one of the three crates delivered to the airport had a hole through which an arm could fit.

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TessTalks
Jun 26, 2013 6:29 PM CDT
"A forklift operator reported that one of the three crates delivered to the airport had a hole through which an arm could fit." Duh!
9SEABEE
Jun 25, 2013 11:14 PM CDT
Lets see. 4 forklift operators per shift, times 3 shifts, that's 12 operators. So 1 bundle for each. So about $100,000 apiece. Not bad for an hours work.
K.KRANK
Jun 25, 2013 9:37 PM CDT
Not quite the Lufthansa heist en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lufthansa_heist about 1/10th the amount stolen in the '78 heist. Doesn't sound like organized crime but probably just an opportunist.