Did Apple Investigators pose a San Francisco Police Officers in search of man’s home?

Posted on Sep 2 2011 - 2:56pm by Mike Wewerka
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We reported earlier this week about how another Apple iPhone, presumably another prototype, was lost in another bar in late July. After the device was noticed as being missing, Apple and what we thought were police at the time, tracked the phone to a home in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. Upon search searching the house, they found nothing and no charges were filed.

Now we may know why no charged were filed, there appears to have been NO police present at the search. When the story broke about the SF cops searching the location, the San Fran Police department had no knowledge of any search or investigation. The SF Weekly contacted the man involved to get his take on the situation. If there were any police involved they may have assisted Apple in the search without documenting their work, which is illegal, not to mention if Apple posed as police, and search the man’s home, that is a criminal offense.

The SF Weekly posted the man, Sergio Calderón’s, comments:

[Sergio] Calderón said that at about 6 p.m. six people — four men and two women — wearing badges of some kind showed up at his door. “They said, ‘Hey, Sergio, we’re from the San Francisco Police Department.’”
He said they asked him whether he had been at Cava 22 over the weekend (he had) and told him that they had traced a lost iPhone to his home using GPS.

At no point, he said, did any of the visitors say they were working on behalf of Apple or say they were looking for an iPhone 5 prototype.

The “so-called” investigators searched his home, car and even his computer to see if the “lost” iPhone has been synced. When they found nothing, and probably still felt he was guilty, they offered $300 for the lost device and left a phone number to contact if could provide them with more details.

As the visitors left, one of them — a man named “Tony” — gave Calderón his phone number and asked him to call if he had further information about the lost phone. Calderón shared the man’s phone number with SF Weekly.
The phone was answered by Anthony Colon, who confirmed to us he is an employee of Apple but declined to comment further. According to a public profile on the website LinkedIn, Colon, a former San Jose Police sergeant, is employed as a “senior investigator” at Apple.

This does not bode well for Apple, who if found guilty of impersonating a police officer and illegally searching a man’s home could wind them up in court for a big settlement. Not to mention all the damage it will do to their reputation.

If this is indeed true, all I can say is wow….Apple, that is low. Maybe you should tether the phone to employees arms when they leave the compound. Sound extreme? So is searching a persons home and personal belongings when you have no right.

 

Source: MacRumors