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Thieves Net $5 Million in Heist From JFK Airport Cargo Area

NEW YORK AP--Five heavily armed men overpowered a guard and nine workers at a high-value cargo area of Kennedy International Airport yesterday and stole an estimated $5 million in cash and jewels, police said.

The robbers, armed with a shotgun, a pistol, and three revolvers, beat a guard and bound him and the nine other workers at the Lufthansa Airlines cargo area. One worker was forced to reveal the combination to a safe.

The stolen good included $3 million in American money being flown from Frankfurt, Germany, to the Chase Manhattan bank here. Jewels were also stolen, according to a policeman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operaters the airport.

Behind the Brouhaha

Felix Becker, a Lufthansa spokesman, said it was not immediately know exactly what was taken, although some canceled checks were missing. He said the thieves seemed to know, what they were looking for.

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But hours after the robbery, police still were trying to determine exactly how much was stolen. "They're still counting," said one police officer.

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