With all of the hullabaloo surrounding a missing iPhone 5 and Apple’s attempt to secure the device, it’s been hard to discern reality from fiction. An initial report from CNET claimed that Apple never filed a formal complaint with the SFPD. The report also noted that Apple representatives visited a complex where the iPhone was traced to via GPS and asked to search the apartment. Notably, these representatives claimed to be San Francisco Police officers. Consequently, the issue of whether or not Apple security personnel illegally impersonated police offers was brought to the forefront.
And in the midst of all of this, some even suggested that Apple set this entire ruse up as a publicity stunt, an absurd idea for so many reasons.
Now that we’re a few days out from the initial report, some more facts are bubbling to the surface. Most importantly, Apple security personnel did not impersonate officers from the SFPD.
Addressing the issue, the SFPD finally issued a statement addressing what really went down.
September 2, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO POLICE ASSIST APPLE SECURITY
WITH THEIR LOST PROPERTY INVESTIGATION
After speaking with Apple representatives, we were given information which helped us determine what occurred. It was discovered that Apple employees called Mission Police station directly, wanting assistance in tracking down a lost item. Apple had tracked the lost item to a house located in the 500 block of Anderson Street. Because the address was in the Ingleside Police district Apple employees were referred to Officers in the Ingleside district. Four SFPD Officers accompanied Apple employees to the Anderson street home. The two Apple employees met with the resident and then went into the house to look for the lost item. The Apple employees did not find the lost item and left the house.
The Apple employees did not want to make an official report of the lost item.