Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by Port Authority Police Chief Security Officer John Bilich, in October announced that six individuals had been indicted and variously charged for allegedly carrying out complex heists from John F. Kennedy International Airport earlier this year. Using insider information, the defendants allegedly hauled tractor trailers loaded with more than $6 million worth of designer merchandise, including Chanel handbags and jewelry, Gucci purses, sunglasses, sneakers and clothing, along with Prada bags, ready-to-wear and accessories. One trailer was found on May 29th on 56th Road in Maspeth. Inside, police found shipping pallets, wrapping material, shipping tags and display cases. The interior of this trailer was also drenched in bleach. The District Attorney’s Office identified the main defendants as David Lacarriere, 33, and Gary McArthur, 43, both truckers who formerly worked at JFK Airport. Lacarriere, McArthur and four other defendants were variously charged in a 22-count indictment with grand larceny, conspiracy, criminal possession of stolen property and other crimes.
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