This story keeps getting crazier and crazier. As you recall, we told you the other day that another next gen iPhone prototype was presumably lost at another bar in San Francisco. CNET reported the news, citing unknown sources.

The scandal got even juicier this morning when another report from The San Francisco Weekly unveiled that no police records for the incident actually existed. Apple hadn’t opened an official investigation with the police. Instead, it’s being reported that an Apple security team illegally impersonated police officers and searched a man’s home for the lost iPhone 5 prototype…

The San Francisco Weekly’s follow-up story:

“A Bernal Heights man says that six officials claiming to be San Francisco Police officers questioned him and searched his family’s home in July for a lost iPhone 5 prototype they asserted had been traced to the residence using GPS technology.”

Allegedly, a team of 6 Apple security personal confronted who they believed to be the possessor of the iPhone prototype. The said prototype was reportedly left at a tequila bar called Cava 22 in the San Francisco area. Without the knowledge of the San Francisco Police Department, the team of Apple investigators tracked the lost prototype to an apartment in Bernal Heights.

“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.”

The SFPD says that it has no records of an ongoing investigation with Apple, or documentation that real policemen were at Calderón’s apartment that day. Calderón says that the 6 people in the team were all wearing badges of some kind. They 6 people claimed to be part of the SFPD.

“They made it seem like they were on the phone with the owner of the phone, and they said, ‘The person’s not pressing charges, they just want it back, and they’ll give you $300,'” he recalled.”

One of the men that searched Calderón’s home gave him a phone number to contact if he decided to hand over the prototype. The man called himself “Tony,” but the number he gave traces back to a former San Jose Police sergeant named Anthony Colon. Guess where Mr. Colon works now? He’s a “senior investigator” at Apple.

Impersonating a police officer is a crime that’s punishable with up to a year in jail in California.

The last thing that Apple wants is another iPhone prototype leaking to the public, and it’s obvious that the company is doing everything it can to stay out of the limelight right now. Engaging in criminal activity to recover a lost prototype is definitely sticky business.

Cue the Godfather theme song.

[Cult of Mac]

  • So, is that “breaking and entering” by Apple???? The earlier story did say they searched the house where they thought it was according to GPS…..

    – Eric

    • Jon Garrett

      apple forged evidence in its case against Samsung now apple is sending its own police to do warrant-less searches of people’s home !?!?! not surprised.

  • Just like the comments stated in the last post apple knew not to file a complaint as that would get everybody excited to look for it and it would be embarrasing as apple is “usually”
    A good company in protecting its products

  • Gus Me

    LOL, this is too funny. They have lots of $ so nothing will come of this….

  • Anon

    Let’s see if SFPD do their legal duty and arrest this former officer. If not SFPD is corrupt and works not for the people but the rich and corporations.

  • flippinzombie

    There more worried about loosing a prototype than they are worried of thousands and thousands of their customers like me who don’t have an iPhone or an iPod touch anymore because of thieves stealing our iPhones and iPods? That’s bullshit. Apple is doing illegal stuff. No matter what I say (including the quote from Apple Care’s handbook about lost and stolen devices while they are in a position of a thefts hand), they still won’t lend me a free replacement!!!!! Also the iPod has an engraving on the back with my address. And yet, whoever has it now, they’re not returning my iPod!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jose

      Bwahahaha… Classic.

    • mack B

      If someone steals your new mustang ford isn’t going to give you a free one, so why the hell would you expect apple to give away free ipods?

      • flippinzombie

        You don’t get the point here, do you? I shouldn’t be talking to you in the first place because you’re not understanding what I am actually trying to say here. Not what you’re crap has to say.

      • Geno

        No we get it.. Apple owes you an ipod because you lost yours.

  • Geno

    Soooo someone stole your iPod and you think apple should give you another? Did apple take it?? If not why would they replace it?

  • Fras

    FUCK APPLE !!!

  • Apple Police

    Funny Twitter Account popped up. @Apple_Police

  • MrA

    Update: SFWeekly now reports that the San Francisco Police did assist Apple investigators with the home search.

  • Telejeesus

    I start to hate Apple more and more… Mh iPhone 4 was first and last Apple product. They should have some rules what they can do.:-(
    Vote with your feets!!!

    • MrA

      Bad reporting/fact checking by every site (well except engadget they didn’t report on this ridiculous story. But hopefully iDB will update their post soon.

      facts: 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 man’s home.

      more facts: The four plainclothes San Francisco Department Police officers accompanied two Apple investigators to the home of Sergio Calderón. According to the most recent report, only the two Apple employees entered the home and searched while the four police officers remained outside.

      facts are fun: San Francisco Police Department spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield now says “Apple came to us saying that they were looking for a lost item, and some plainclothes officers responded out to the house with them. My understanding is that they stood outside. They just assisted Apple to the address.”

  • Anon

    No search warrant though. So regardless if the SFPD were outside Apple had not right to search this guy’s home. Plus, the cops should have gone inside with Apple to insure Apple didn’t do anything illegal. In the end it doesn’t matter the SFPD were outside because this whole event screams unlawful use of force and intimidation.

    • MrA

      I’m not saying that the update justifies apples actions. I’m just saying this story has been blown way out of proportion and has been poorly reported on by all sites.

    • MrA

      If this site had a shred of integrity Alex would have updated the story already. Go to macrumors to get the FULL story.

  • ic0edx

    Apple spent more then $25 million developing the iPhone 5. Then some asshole sell it to some reporting site and all their work goes down the drain. If I was them I would have done them same. I would have probably shoot him too.

    • ras

      mothafaka

  • lindberg

    Don’t they mean the “Apple Gestapple”???

  • CrazyBraulz

    Hahahaha were the badges apple shapled? Also why the fuck would anyone let any kind of police officer(s) into their home without a warrant?!?!?! What a moron that guy is. What if he was High lol and that’s why he let them in. hahaha that would be priceless!!!

  • Josh Lee

    “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 man’s home.” – SFWeekly

  • Wall street journal reports that 4 police assisted in a search for the iphone by escorting 2 apple employees

  • Telejeesus

    Even with the corrections seems that Apple can do anything. 🙁 Search ppl’s homes, falsify evidence etc…
    I see future where Apple sends its gesapple unit with police to every dev team, Android user and Windows users home. No need no search warrant etc… Just ask police little help(=stand outside the house), then Apple security can “eliminate” the treat. LMFAO
    This is your futuri US. Or maybe there come even new law Applemustact LMAO

  • Anon

    The DOJ needs to investigate Apple’s business practices. They are clearly going down a monopolistic “do whatever we want to do since we’re so large we can get away with it” road, but the DOJ and WH has both been bought by Apple. Obama even had a special iPhone and iPad made for him and his admin. America’s fundamentals are crumbling under big business and the mega rich. Steve may still be alive to see his precious Apple loose what little integrity it has built over the last 15 years. I loved Apple, but after this and the Samsung legal issues, I’m really having second thoughts. This behavior is just disgusting.

  • I love how iDB says: ok there a stolen iphone, ok there not, ok there more news on the stolen iphone… wtf!

    Besides this is just ridiculous…
    Apple team: hey i want to protect our most precious secret and i will offer you no more than $300 because this product is just worth billions of dollars… yea very posible

  • Radu

    Guys, it’s been confirmed that Apple worked with SFPD. Just look it up 😉

    • Michael

      They searched a guys house without a warrant, police or no police, that’s illegal .. look it up !!

      • Alexandra

        Its not illegal to search a home if the owner gives permission. The story did not mention if the owner did or did not give permission so blame the reporter for not reporting all the facts. So get over it.

  • Michael

    This is typical of a multi billion daollar company, they think they are above the law, fuck Apple, they should be treated no differently than any1 else.

  • Ehhh

    Just Three words:

    SIEG HEIL APPLE!!!

    (they are going more and more the Nazi Way…)

  • Am I missing something here? Does apple have some kind of proof that the iPhone 4 leak somehow decreased the amount of sales they received? It just seems really ridiculous that a company worth billions is resorting to searching people’s homes for a damn phone. Yea, it may destroy the wow factor a bit but who cares??? I will buy iPhone 5(4s) regardless an I’m sure others will too. Get a life apple!!! It’s really not that serious.

  • Am I missing something here? Does apple have some kind of proof that the iPhone 4 leak somehow decreased the amount of sales they received? It just seems really ridiculous that a company worth billions is resorting to searching people’s homes for a damn phone. Yea, it may destroy the wow factor a bit but who cares??? I will buy iPhone 5(4s) regardless an I’m sure others will too. Get a life apple!!