-Submitted by David Drumm (Nal), Guest Blogger
It appears that a prototype of the new iPhone 5 was lost at a bar in San Francisco. Can you say déjà vu all over again? Apple was able to track the device to a residence in San Francisco and four San Francisco police officers accompanied two Apple employees to the residence.
“The two Apple (security) 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 police statement said.
The resident, Sergio Calderón, 22, of Bernal Heights, says that six officials claiming to be San Francisco Police officers questioned him and searched his family’s home for the missing device. Nothing was found.
Calderón, an American citizen, claims that the officers threatened his relatives about their immigration status. Anxious to cooperate, Calderón allowed a search of his house, car, and computer by the two Apple employees while the San Francisco police officers waited outside.
Upon leaving, one of the Apple employees gave Calderón his phone number with an offer of $300 if he would return the iPhone 5. The phone number was traced to Anthony Colon, a former San Jose Police sergeant who is currently employed by Apple as a “senior investigator.”
Since the story broke, Anthony Colon’s LinkedIn profile has been taken down. However, screenshots of his profile have been cached.
What kind of idiots are in charge at Apple? These kind of tactics are screaming out for a civil suit against Apple by Calderón. This situation could cost Apple a lot of money and doesn’t do their brand reputation any good. This situation is fast becoming a major embarrassment to Apple.
It is unlikely that any criminal charges will be filed. The SFPD would then be in collusion with the criminal activity. Who in charge at SFPD approved the use of police officers to accompany the Apple investigators on a “knock and talk?”