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‘LUFTHANSA HEIST’ ON THIS DAY IN 1978

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Lufthansa cargo terminal at JFK Airport.      
    

On December 11, 1978 half a dozen masked robbers raided the Lufthansa
Airlines cargo building at JFK Airport in New York, making off with more
than
$5 million in cash ($21 million in today’s dollars) and almost $1
million in jewelry. To this day,
the Lufthansa heist, as it is known, is
considered one of the greatest in U.S. history. The plan was dreamed
up by Peter Gruenewald, a Lufthansa cargo worker at JFK Airport
. The 
heist was dramatized in the classic mafia film "Goodfellas."

Ford van used during Lufthansa Airlines robbery at JFK International Airport in December, 1978.
A van used during Lufthansa Airlines robbery at JFK
International Airport.


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Vincent Asaro

Vincent Asaro, a member of the Bonanno crime family, allegedly
helped carry out the bold heist of cash and jewelry from a cargo
terminal at JFK airport.

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posted by Bob Karm in AIRCRAFT,ANNIVERSARY,HISTORY,Mobster,Robbery and have No Comments