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Arrests made in 1978 Lufthansa “Goodfellas” heist

A series of pre-dawn New York-area raids Thursday netted five alleged mobsters who may be responsible for the famous 1978 Lufthansa heist. The unsolved caper yielded more than $5.75 million in cash and diamonds stolen from a Lufthansa airlines building at JFK airport. Vincent Asaro, 78, who is allegedly a boss of the Bonanno crime [...]

Today in Crime History: The Lufthansa heist hits the papers

On December 12, 1978, the New York Times reported that $3.0 million in cash, and jewelry worth about $2.0 million were stolen from John F. Kennedy international airport. After that report, the grand total was revised to $5.0 million in cash and $850,000 in jewelry and the heist was declared the largest cash robbery in history.

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