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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

FBI: $1.2 million in cash stolen from Swissair jet at JFK Airport

NEW YORK - The FBI confirms that agents are investigating $1.2 million is cash that vanished from a cargo container of a Swissair jet that landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport Monday.

"When it got here, the money was missing," FBI spokesman Jim Margolin said.

It appears to police and investigators that the cargo container had not been tampered with, so the initial belief is that the money was stolen before the flight.

A Port Authority official confirmed that it was "an active investigation."

The agency, which runs New York's airports, had no comment.

New York's main airport has a long, colorful history of cargo thefts -- the most famous being the Lufthansa heist immortalized in Martin Scorsese's 1990 film "Goodfellas."

Just three months ago, detectives cracked a long-running operation that saw thousands of packages stolen as they passed through Kennedy Airport's massive mail-processing facilities.

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