5 arrested in connection with theft of 23,000 iPhones at MIA

Phones worth about $6.7 million


MIAMI – Five people were arrested Monday in connection with the theft of 23,000 Apple iPhones from Lan Cargo at Miami International Airport.

The FBI identified the suspects Tuesday morning as Yoan Perez, 33; Rodolfo Urra, 36; Misael Cabrera, 37; Rasiel Perez, 45; and Eloy Garcia, 42.

According to an indictment, the suspects stole the phones at various times from Sept. 24, 2015, to April 4, 2016.

File: Indictment for suspects accused of stealing iPhones at MIA

Each faces various federal charges, including conspiracy to steal goods from an interstate or foreign shipment, theft from an interstate or foreign shipment and possession of goods stolen from an interstate or foreign shipment.

Authorities said the suspects stole the phones with the intention of reselling them.

The stolen phones are valued at about $6.7 million.

The FBI said the Miami-Dade Police Department and Homeland Security helped with the investigation, which is continuing.

All the suspects are expected to make their initial appearances this week in federal court.

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