There have been more developments in the case of San Francisco police helping Apple search a man’s home in the hunt for a missing prototype iPhone, according to CNET, with the news that the police department is conducting an official, internet investigation into the role its officers played in the search.

San Francisco resident Sergio Calderon opened the door one day in July, to be confronted with what he thought was a group of plain clothed police officers. What he wasn’t aware of was the fact that the individuals who entered his home were actually Apple’s own security team, with the people who remained outside being the only ones who were actual police officers.

Lt. Troy Dangerfield of the San Francisco Police Department confirmed to CNET that the matter was being investigated internally, but the SFPD aiding private security in investigations is not uncommon according to another officer, Chief Greg Suhr.

Questions had been raised about just how much involvement police officers had in the search, with Calderon saying that if he had known that not all of the security team members were police, he would have not allowed them into his home. Apple’s security team searched his family’s house, car and computer. Nothing was found.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Mr Calderon is now seeking legal advise on the matter, though with Apple being pointed to the address thanks to a GPS lock from the missing iPhone, we have to wonder whether there may have been something fishy going on anyway.

We can’t see this story going away just yet, regardless!

  • TheAngryPenguin

    “…he police department is conducting an official, *internet* investigation…”?!?

  • I think the police need to do something else that’s useful.. I’m an iPhone fanatic! But is it that important knowing it’ll be out in a month or so? I think not

    Follow me twitter @carceo19

    • topsy

      Why Should I follow you? Get more of iphone Rumours. The iphone jumped and broke it’s leg. haha. I’ll stick to iDB.

  • I hope Mr. Sergio Calderon gets one hella GOOD Attorney!

    It would serve Apple and their Private Investigators right to get their teeth kicked-in for this apparently (in my opinion – don’t sue me) ILLEGAL ACTION of Impersonating a Police Officer, Illegal search, and maybe he can even get his Attorney to throw in false Imprisonment. D-Bags!!! This is NO WAY to treat the “little people”.

    All this over Apple’s Employee loosing the friggin’ thing in the first place!!! It was THEIR fault!!!

    It wasn’t as if Sergio walked in to Apple Corporate in Cupertino, strolled in to their testing lab, saw it sitting on the employee’s desk and stole the device!

    – Eric

    P.S. Also, since when does a Corporation (like Apple) get to get better Police Service from the SF Police than an average Citizen???

    I parked for 15 minutes in a SF Public Parking Lot, had the window to my vehicle broken, my laptop and briefcase stolen. The SF Police in short said “so what, were not coming over to investigate, you can file your report on our website!” WTF!!! Go F*** yourself SF Police!

    • Austin

      Got my iPhone 4 stolen in may went to my local police in st joe Michigan, just didn’t do one thing. Cops just don’t care about u unless ur a cop or someone of importance