Lost iPhone 5 Prototype: SFPD Says It Has No Records of Investigation

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Yesterday we related an interesting scoop that popped up on CNET: the tech-news site reported that a prototype of Apple's latest iPhone model had been lost in a San Francisco bar, echoing a similar incident last year that led to embarrassment for Apple and legal threats against the gadget blog Gizmodo, which purchased the lost iPhone 4 for $5,000.

Among other things, CNET reported that San Francisco police investigators, working with Apple personnel, had traced a recently lost iPhone 5 prototype to the home of a man in Bernal Heights, who denied possessing it or having any knowledge of it. The phone was never recovered.

There's just one problem: SFPD spokesman Officer Albie Esparza says no records exist of any such activity by SFPD inspectors.

"I talked to CNET" reporter Declan McCullagh, Esparza tells SF Weekly. "I don't know who his source is, but we don't have any record of any such an investigation going on at this point."

Esparza says no records of the visit to Bernal Heights by police officers -- which should be recorded in documentation per standard SFPD procedures -- exist at either Mission or Ingleside stations, at least one of which would have handled the incident. (Ingleside station covers Bernal Heights, while the phone was allegedly lost at Cava 22, a bar in the Mission.) Police dispatchers also have no records of any incident involving the address where the search for the phone supposedly took place, Esparza says.

Esparza says he related this information to CNET weeks ago, when McCullagh first called him on the story. So the site must be rather confident in the anonymous source "familiar with the investigation" on which it bases its account. 

It seems some questions are arising about whether that confidence was misplaced. Until Apple decides to comment on the alleged phone loss, which it so far has not done, the details of what happened will be hard to sort out.

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Kevin
Kevin

Yo, dude.  Cnet didn't print an address.  And the police don't have an investigation going on.  How can you discuss an address that no one knows about?  Looks like someone needs to go back to blogging school.

Tobyyko
Tobyyko

Two Apple employees and an iPhone prototype walk into a bar  . . .

Sydney
Sydney

Tob: One left it in  a gay bar.  Why didn't the GPS system work?  They couldn't find it in the other man's butt!

SilentM
SilentM

SFPD is now admitting that they facilitated what appears to be an illegal search without a formal complaint! They allowed Apple security to pass off as police and make illegal immigration status queries/threats - similar to what the military allowed some CIA contractor to do in Iraq. 

And for what - something that can be bought for $199 or ($600 with no identity/commitment necessary) any one any where in a few weeks time! Our civil liberties should be worth more than immaculate corporate product announcements.

Keith
Keith

Nothing new for SF police - much more interested in being goons for big business than in improving their pathetic crime solving rate!

Time to call in the FBI and arrest the Apple employees for impersonating a police officer.

Rhonda
Rhonda

I think Adrian Covert has it. He lives on Bartlett Street within walking distance of Calderon in Bernal Heights

John Cushard
John Cushard

   Having spent much of my life in Cincinnati,Oh. on the west side, where police corruption is rampant ....I can believe the good people of Apple bought a few cops.    Nothing new there, it's a story as old as the bible.As for me I moved found a place where, I would like to trust the local cops, but with what I have seen in the past, it won't be easy.

LaunchTeam34
LaunchTeam34

All the SFPD spokes-mouths were bahhhhhhhhing like sheep that there is no record of this that or the other. However, now for all to see they say 4 officers assisted Apple to look for a lost item. No crime, no official report of anything ever filed by Apple. They just magically call around to the police stations and show up out of a cloud and four cops from Ingleside Station are at their beck and call right away. Please, if anyone thinks that this does not go higher up in SFPD and that four Keystone Cops from a station decided on their own to do this I can sell you snowballs at the North Pole. Remember that at every level of every department, agency and office in the city government they are falling all over themselves to kiss the butts of these tech elite companies.

karen
karen

What a waste of time for a police officer to be sent to investigate a lost cell phone! If they have not investigated the matter at all, I am not surprised, I would expect the officer in charge said "I don't care if they are Apple, I am not wasting my officer's time on a lost cellphone!!"

vinnyjr
vinnyjr

This is probably just a lame story to bring attention to Apple during this time when Android is flooding the market with high quality devices. The latest Samsung GS2 is IMO so far ahead of anything with Apple on it. 

hiramwalker
hiramwalker

Typical c-net made up crap. What else is new.

person287
person287

Yeah, it does sound a bit too convenient that it’s exactly the same circumstances as this time last year, and no pictures this time. Oh well.

Jeemy
Jeemy

Is this credible?Seems this is some different from the one I saw in  iFunia news blog.Anyways, I think I'm counting the days till it official launch ;)

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Kitty

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It seems some questions are arising about whether that confidence was misplaced.

mattymatt
mattymatt

I don't know which I trust more, an unattributed internet rumor or the SFPD's record-keeping abilities.

omurphy
omurphy

It's funny that nowadays all it takes is one single news outlet to run a bogus story, then every other media outlet picks it up and runs with it as if it were gospel, without first double checking that the story was accurate in the first place. Good job on doing basic journalism SF Weekly.

Remember that 'long lost Amazon tribe' story a while back? That was made up too, and yet all major and respected newspapers across the world picked it up and ran with it.

fjpoblam
fjpoblam

Oh goody, CNET. Credibility doodoo?

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