Five Suspects Arrested in Famed 1978 Mob Heist at JFK Airport
It's a crime that has gone unsolved for more than 35 years and inspired the hit mob movie "Goodfellas." But now the FBI has made five arrests in connection with the 1978 Lufthansa heist at JFK Airport in New York.
Around $5 million in cash and $1 million in jewels -- worth about $20 million today -- was stolen from the Lufthansa cargo terminal on Dec. 11, 1978.
The defendants named Thursday include Vincent Asaro, of Queens, an alleged captain in the Bonanno organized crime family.
Until today, only an airport worker, Louis Werner, had been arrested for the theft. He was accused of helping the mobsters carry out the heist.
The alleged mastermind of the crime was James “Jimmy the Gent” Burke, played by Robert De Niro in the 1990 film. Burke died in prison in 1996.
The investigation reportedly took a promising turn last summer after a search of Burke's Queens home.
Martha MacCallum discussed the break in the case with former NYPD homicide detective Bo Dietl and defense attorney Arthur Aidala.
Watch the discussion for more on how this case evolved through the years.