Lost iPhone 5 prototype update: San Francisco police help Apple security in home search, reports say

By on Sep 3, 2011 in Smartphone, Technology, United States Comments

San Francisco police reportedly admitted their participation in helping Apple to find the lost iPhone 5 prototype, as the company security allegedly searched a man’s house in Bernal Heights.

Speculated appearance of iPhone 5
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As reported earlier, a source told CNET that an Apple employee lost the iPhone 5 prototype last July, while enjoying at Cava 22, a Mexican restaurant and bar in Mission district, San Francisco.

Apple representatives contacted San Francisco police, saying the device was priceless and the company was desperate to secure its safe return.” The source was quoted as saying.

That time, San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) spokeman Officer Albie Esparza told CNET they have no records of investigation of any related case, who also told the same thing to SF Weekly recently.

But according to a SF Weekly report on Friday, September 2, 2011, SFPD spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield told them that “some” officers assisted Apple security personnel in their search for the missing iPhone 5 prototype.

The resident of the searched Bernal Heights home was identified as Sergio Calderon, 22, who was interviewed by SF Weekly and told them that six badge-wearing personnel visited his house last July.

“The officers ‘did not go inside the house’, but stood outside while the Apple employees scoured Calderón‘s home, car, and computer files for any trace of the lost iPhone 5.” Dangerfield was quoted telling SF Weekly, noting that the SFPD officers are wearing plain clothes.

“When they came to my house, they said they were SFPD,” Calderon was quoted on the report, noting that only two people entered his house and did not actually state if they are really from SFPD or private security officers.

Calderon said the team left without finding the iPhone 5 prototype, but one of them left a phone number, which SF Weekly said they traced and identified as Anthony Colon, an investigator employed at Apple. He declined to comment when reached by the news agency.

As of this writing, the supposed iPhone 5 prototype has not yet been found and Dangerfield said on the report that he plans to contact Calderon for further investigation.

Speculations revealed that iPhone 5 will be released this October with Apple still not issuing any formal announcement on this as well as on the alleged lost iPhone 5 prototype.

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