San Francisco Police Investigate Role Officers Played in Search for Missing iPhone Prototype

By Erin Harrison September 12, 2011

San Francisco police have reportedly been investigating the role officers played in a search by Apple for a missing unreleased iPhone prototype, according to news reports that suggest Apple employees may have impersonated police.

Members of the police department and two Apple employees apparently questioned Sergio Calderon, 22, after an Apple employee lost the (iPhone 5?) handset at a San Francisco tequila bar, CNET reported.

“Lt. Troy Dangerfield, of the San Francisco Police Department, told CNET today that an internal investigation has begun into determining how officers assisted two Apple security employees in their July search of a home in the Bernal Heights neighborhood for the handset,” the Sept. 9 report said.

Last week, CNET reported members of the SFPD and the two Apple employees showed up to the home of Calderon and questioned him about the matter.

“Apple told police that it had electronically tracked the phone to the Bernal Heights address where Calderon resides,” CNET reported.

Calderon also told SF Weekly that when police arrived, “he told them he had no knowledge of the phone or its whereabouts. He did, however, acknowledge being at Cava 22 the night the phone went missing. A source close to the investigation said police asked to search the house and told Calderon that if he declined they would return with a search warrant. Calderon then consented,” according to CNET.

Lo and behold, Apple reportedly located the phone at the Bernal Heights home using GPS technology and called San Francisco police. An Apple spokesman declined to comment, according to CNET’s report.

Because of the city’s proximity to Silicon Valley, “it isn't uncommon for San Francisco police to help private investigators, as they did when Apple security searched a San Francisco home looking for a lost iPhone prototype,” Police Chief Greg Suhr told the San Francisco Chronicle 

However, Calderon declined to discuss the specifics of the incident, telling CNET that he's “talking to an attorney,” but didn't specify why he would consult with a legal professional on the matter.

Some have speculated that Apple employees were impersonating police officers, which is a crime, local criminal defense attorneys say that some of the “allegations are worrisome if true,” the Chronicle reported.

According to Calderon's statements to SF Weekly, he suggested that “officers” tried to intimidate him and his family into cooperating with the search, even inquiring as to whether “everyone living in the house was in the United States legally.”

Want to learn more about the latest in communications and technology? Then be sure to attend ITEXPO West 2011, taking place Sept. 13-15, 2011, in Austin, Texas. ITEXPO offers an educational program to help corporate decision makers select the right IP-based voice, video, fax and unified communications solutions to improve their operations. It's also where service providers learn how to profitably roll out the services their subscribers are clamoring for – and where resellers can learn about new growth opportunities. To register, click here.

Stay in touch with everything happening at ITEXPO… follow us on Twitter



Erin Harrison is Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives, for TMC, where she oversees the company's strategic editorial initiatives, including the launch of several new print and online initiatives. She plays an active role in the print publications and TechZone360, covering IP communications, information technology and other related topics. To read more of Erin's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Related Articles

10 Benefits of Drone-Based Asset Inspections

By: Frank Segarra    1/15/2018

Although a new and emerging technology, (which is still evolving), in early 2018, most companies are not aware of the possible benefits they can achie…

Read More

VR Could Change Entertainment Forever

By: Special Guest    1/11/2018

VR could change everything from how we play video games to how we interact with our friends and family. VR has the power to change how we consume all …

Read More

Making Connections - The Value of Data Correlation

By: Special Guest    1/5/2018

The app economy is upon us, and businesses of all stripes are moving to address it. In this age of digital transformation, businesses rely on applicat…

Read More

3 Ways to Improve Your VR Projects

By: Ellie Martin    1/4/2018

There is no denying that VR is here and will most likely only increase in velocity as a terminal speed is yet to be even hypothesized. That is why it …

Read More

Alphabet to See Schmidt Step Down

By: Maurice Nagle    12/21/2017

In 2001, Google brought Eric Schmidt on board as CEO. To 10 years later become executive chairman, and continue to serve in this capacity through rest…

Read More