Apple Investigators Posed as Police in New Lost iPhone Prototype Search?

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Yesterday, it was reported that Apple in late July had once again lost an iPhone prototype in a bar. It was  reported that Apple and San Francisco police tracked the device to a home in Bernal Heights  neighborhood of San Francisco and conducted a search, but were unable to find the device.

Today, SF Weekly reports that Apple  security personnel may have posed as police officers during the search. Which in fact, is a criminal offense. In addition, the report suggests that police officers may have improperly assisted in the investigation without properly documenting their work.

[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.

Calderón claims that he allowed investigators to search his home and car. His computer was also examined to  determine whether the lost iPhone had been synced with it.  The investigators found nothing during the search, and reportedly offered Calderón $300 to return the phone  and left a phone number for him to contact them if he could offer further information on the device.

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.

A spokesman from the San Francisco Police Department has expressed concern about the events, suggesting that the department will investigate the incident.

Anthony Colon’s LinkedIn profile has been deleted, but MacRumors has a saved image of the profile.

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