Brian Hogan tells story of finding and selling Apple’s iPhone 4 prototype on Gourmet Haus Staudt’s bar

“Brian Hogan, the then 21yo student who found an iPhone 4 prototype in a Silicon Valley bar back in 2010, is telling the story and answering questions in an ‘Ask me anything’ thread on Reddit,” Ben Lovejoy reports for 9to5Mac.

“Hogan found the phone on the bar of the Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City after it was accidentally left there by Apple engineer Gray Powell, and arranged to sell it to Gizmodo for $8000 – a sum he says he never received,” Lovejoy reports. “Hogan, and his friend Robert Sage Wallower who helped arrange the sale to Gizmodo, pleaded ‘no contest’ to charges of misappropriation of property and each sentenced to 40 hours community service and a fine of $125. No charges were filed against any Gizmodo staff.”

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12 Comments

      1. The “finding” versus “stealing” part is not established.

        Anyway, this guy knowingly was selling property which did not belong to him, which is equivalent of theft.

        1. In California, the law says that if you find property that you suspect is worth $100 or more, and you cannot determine the owner, you must turn it in to the local law enforcement (police/sheriff) and leave it in their custody for 30 days. If it remains unclaimed after that time, it is yours.

          If you can determine the owner, you must make every reasonable effort to contact the owner and return their property; if that fails, you must treat it as “unknown owner” property, above.

          If you don’t follow the above rules, it IS theft.

          He obviously didn’t follow the rules.

          1. My wife left her iPhone briefly on the little table next to the credit card reader at Target one day. The 50-something guy behind her noticed and grabbed it (not some kid). She noticed as soon as she got close to the exit and walked back the 30-some feet to the checkout and it was gone (the thief walked right past her!). Target security was great – they got footage of it and indeed tracked the guy out to his car leaving the lot (grabbed the license plate info). I tracked it using Find my iPhone and once the police got there I showed them exactly where it was (along with a Street View image of the house itself). They got it back…but since she had left the iPhone on the table it was not a robbery – basically she had “abandoned” it and they had no probable cause to arrest the guy (who was “not here” when they knocked at the door holding an image of him) nor to gain entry to the house. Basically it was property that was “found”, taken some 5 miles away and recovered. No charges whatsoever…but all the same we got it back. Crazy.

            1. What state was this in? I’d contact your local state and federal legislative officials and inform them of this rediculous situation.

  1. I already had lost all respect for Gizmodo after the CES incident whee they walked around and remotely turned off all monitors… This was just a confirmation… They destroyed the fun for te whole world and Apple for an opertunity for a juicy story.

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