Well it turns out that Apple employees aren’t going around like a bunch of A-Team wannabes looking for lost iPhones while telling unsuspecting civilians that they’re in fact legit Police Officers.
Contradicting their own report from yesterday, the SF Weekly now writes that San Francisco Police officers did, in fact, accompany Apple investigators to the home of a man thought to have a missing/lost iPhone prototype in his possession.
San Francisco Police Department spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield now tells SF Weekly that “three or four” SFPD officers accompanied two Apple security officials in an unusual search of a Bernal Heights man’s home.
Dangerfield says that, after conferring with Apple and the captain of the Ingleside police station, he has learned that plainclothes SFPD officers went with private Apple detectives to the home of Sergio Calderón, a 22-year-old resident of Bernal Heights. According to Dangerfield, the officers “did not go inside the house,” but stood outside while the Apple employees scoured Calderón’s home, car, and computer files for any trace of the lost iPhone 5. The phone was not found, and Calderón denies that he ever possessed it.
Previously, the SFPD said it had no record of Apple even mentioning a lost iPhone to them. Coupled with Calderon’s recollection that the group of visiting individuals identified themselves as police officers, the notion was raised that Apple investigators were impersonating SFPD officers – a misdemeanor that can result in up to 5 years in prison.
Why SFPD’s involvement in the case wasn’t officially acknowledged until now remains unknown, but at least now we can put this little saga, as interesting as it is, behind us.
And now onto more pressing matters – where in the world is this mysterious iPhone prototype?!