Skip to comments.Police assisted Apple in search of man's home
Posted on 09/04/2011 1:04:45 PM PDT by for-q-clinton
Apple's team searched the home, car and computer files, while police waited outside, the reports say. The investigators reportedly told the man that they had traced the phone's GPS signal to his house. When asked, he said he had been at the same bar where the phone was reportedly lost but that he didn't have it, the report says.
One of the investigators, who identified himself as Tony, gave the man living in the house a phone number and told him to call with any information about the lost phone, the report says. When the SF Weekly reporter called, a man named Anthony Colon, who said he was an Apple employee, answered, the report says.
Colon's LinkedIn profile, which he eventually removed, said he is a senior investigator for Apple and a former San Jose police sergeant.
The man, who reportedly said he's a U.S. citizen who lives with relatives, told SF Weekly that the people searching his home questioned his family's immigration status.
Apple has a history of working with REACT but apparently did not seek its services this time. The task force has struggled recently over budget constraints, prompting the organization to shut down an office and employ fewer officers, Sterner said.
Nor did Apple enlist the Federal Bureau of Investigation. An FBI spokesman said the cyber-program leader was not aware of such an investigation.
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This is the kind of garbage that goes on in Kalifornia all the time. It all depends on who you are. Example from a friend of mine who used to live in Kalifornia (any native can feel free to back me up or provide rebuttal): there are no private beaches in Kalifornia. But there are a lot of places, especially near celebrities’ homes, where armed security guards will show up on 4-wheelers and make you leave, by force if necessary. Calling the cops yields no results. Writing letters to any myriad of legislators comes to nothing. No court will hear your case. Why? It’s the endless checkbook theory. Nobody will take a case against a bunch of celebrities that can pay lawyers all day to slow-roll the case, call in a million and one favors, you name it.
I haven’t seen swordmaker on any of these threads. I think he must be enjoying the labor day weekend or he hasn’t gotten his marching orders yet on how to explain this.
I find with controversial times, he’s often very slow to respond. Then once things are settled and apple has a PR statement he is able to parrot that and then he stays on key. Maybe he’s part of this Apple investigation unit, but his beat is FreeRepublic.
Police were involved and Calderón permitted the search on request:
Contradicting past statements that no records exist of police involvement in the search for the lost prototype, San Francisco Police Department spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield now tells SF Weekly that three or four SFPD officers accompanied two Apple security officials in an unusual search of a Bernal Heights mans home, Jamison reports. Dangerfield says that, after conferring with Apple and the captain of the Ingleside police station, he has learned that plainclothes SFPD officers went with private Apple detectives to the home of Sergio Calderón, a 22-year-old resident of Bernal Heights. According to Dangerfield, the officers did not go inside the house, but stood outside while the Apple employees scoured Calderóns home, car, and computer files for any trace of the lost iPhone 5. The phone was not found, and Calderón denies that he ever possessed it.
It remains unclear whether these actions might constitute impersonation of a police officer, which in California is a misdemeanor that can bring up to a year of jail time. Apple has not responded to our requests for comment. I dont have any indication of that. Im not going to go there, Dangerfield said, when asked about whether the Apple detectives might have misrepresented themselves, Jamison reports. Dangerfield said he plans to contact Calderón to ask further questions about the incident.Source
If the iPhone's "Find my iPhone" App, which is accurate to 3 feet, reported it's location to those coordinates, it was there...
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Well first it's a prototype phone, so that may have been buggy. And 2nd it's not accurate within 3 feet if it doesn't have a true GPS lock and is using cell tower triangulation. Or try it at my cabin indoors where there is only one cell phone tower in the area :-)
Also if it’s accurate within 3 feet then getting a search warrant should have been pretty simple to do. Something isn’t making sense about this story. Either it’s a PR stunt gone horribly wrong. Or it’s a couple over zealous apple employees and a corrupt police department screwing up stuff and violating a person’s rights. Neither one is very good.
Swordmaker works for a dentist. You are an @$$!
Can’t take a joke? You’re an idiot if you truly thought I believed his beat was the FR as part of an apple investigative team. Which by your claim you apparently do.
A former co-worker of mine was under investigation for mail fraud. A couple years after I left the company, their ‘corporate security’ showed up at my door. I guess this co-worker had signed my name on one of his documents. They compared the signature to a signature from my HR file and figured out it obviously wasn’t me, but I guess they had to follow thru and check it out. When he showed up and told me what was going on, it was the first I had heard of any of it.
Anyway, he was very official and somewhat intimidating, but he asked me to step outside my house so we could chat. No reason to search my house, and all-in-all he treated me fairly. I never did hear how the whole investigation went, or if this former co-worker ever got caught. But the guy that came to visit me had driven 4 hours to check me out. At the time this company was quite large, but certainly not as big as Apple. But they still took this very seriously...