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Eight charged in theft of 23,000 Apple iPhones at Miami airport

From left, the iPhone 6S Plus, 6S and SE lie next to each other in a comparison photograph, Thursday, March 24, 2016, in New York. (Julie Jacobson / AP)
From left, the iPhone 6S Plus, 6S and SE lie next to each other in a comparison photograph, Thursday, March 24, 2016, in New York. (Julie Jacobson / AP)
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MIAMI – Eight people have been charged in the theft of 23,000 Apple iPhones using a disguised tractor-trailer to steal the cargo at Miami International Airport.

The FBI said in a news release Tuesday that the suspects were arrested in the Miami area. They face conspiracy to possess stolen goods and other federal charges. The stolen phones are valued at $6.7 million.

According to a grand jury indictment, the group used false identification and a tractor-trailer altered to appear like it belonged to a legitimate company to steal the iPhones in April.

The phones were hidden in a rental storage unit and many were sold to unidentified buyers, often dozens at a time. It’s unclear if any stolen phones have been recovered.

The suspects began appearing Monday in Miami federal court.

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