Apple accused of impersonating police during effort to recover lost iPhone 5 prototype

“This whole lost iPhone 5 prototype story just got whole lot more interesting,” Todd Haselton reports for BGR. “According to SF Weekly, six investigators claiming to be members of the San Francisco police department descended upon one Bernal Heights, San Francisco man’s home in search of a lost iPhone 5 prototype that CNET originally reported had been left in a bar. The scary part? The SFPD confirmed the investigators weren’t police officers at all. Instead, it appears as though they may have actually been members of Apple’s security team allegedly impersonating police officers.”

“The officers in question claimed that they had traced the iPhone 5 to the man’s [Sergio Calderon] house using the device’s GPS feature,” Haselton reports. “Reportedly, the police force that did investigate Calderon offered him a number to call if he found any more information on the device. SF Weekly called the number and Anthony Colon, an Apple employee answered the call. Colon is currently employed by Apple as a ‘senior investigator,’ and he once worked for the San Jose police department.”

Haselton reports, “The San Francisco Police Department stated that it would only launch an investigation into the matter if Calderon decides to speak with them directly.”

More details in the full article here.
 

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “trevorteusc” for the heads up.]

36 Comments

    1. It looks like SF Weekly already updated their story to note that the police did, in fact, assist Apple in this investigation.

      So, that was a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing. Doesn’t stop the idiocy in the comment section of the original article of course, with people still commenting without apparently being aware of the updated information.

      1. Did you read the update? The police waited outside while employees of a corporation searched a house.

        Im sorry thats still wrong and downright scary when you think about it.

  1. Wait a minute, I thought there wasn’t a lost iPhone 5? Now there is? But it was GPS tracked to a house where it wasn’t? And the SF Police weren’t really SF Police?

    I think somebody has a publicity stunt going, and it’s not Apple.

  2. This must be a publicity stunt by the accuser. I can’t imagine the Corporation sending thugs as police impersonators to shake this guy down. Now if he said that it was robocop I might believe it.

  3. The penalties for impersonating a police office and gaining illegal entry to someone’s house must be considerable. (Anyone know?) And then there is all the bad publicity. There is no way that Apple would be so stupid.

  4. Are you all saying that the fellow who provided MobileBeat with the phone number was just lucky to make up a phone number that just happened to reach an Apple employee who is an ex San Jose policeman? Who is making this stuff up? They even posted the name of the Apple employee, Anthony Colon. Why do you think this is a stunt by accuser. How long would that take to be uncovered? Right now, fanboy since 1984 thatI am, I am worried Apple has screwed up here even more that their fuss over the first lost phone which is still going on. Hope I am wrong, but fear I am right.

      1. Are you still around? I had hoped that quote of yours insulting the president that Breeze keeps posting would shame you to go away.
        BTW CNET and others are all over this and Apple has said nothing.
        FYI I have been a fanboy ever since I bought my first Mac 128 in 1984. I hate to see Apple do shit like this, and I truly hope they did not. When will they respond?

          1. Thank your lucky stars for the Internet, Balmer’s fungused testicle, where every dog can masquerade as a king, because in the real world you wouldn’t even make it to the other side of the street.

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