Apple Employees May Have Illegally Impersonated Police Officers Looking For iPhone 5 Prototype [Report]

Apple Employees May Have Illegally Impersonated Police Officers Looking For iPhone 5 Prototype [Report]

This one’s nuts. Remember how there were no police reports about the missing iPhone 5 prototype, even though CNet reported that police offices had actually searched a man’s house looking for it? The guy whose home was searched in search of that lost iPhone 5 prototype says the officials weren’t actually police officers… they were Apple employees impersonating them.

The implication is that the officials, who appear to be members of Apple’s security team, were impersonating police, a crime punishable by up to a year in jail in California.

In July, an iPhone 5 prototype was purportedly lost in Cava 22, a San Francisco bar. Shortly after, the home of Sergio Calderón, 22, of Bernal Heights in San Francisco, was searched by six officials claiming to be police. They had traced the missing iPhone 5 prototype to his home using GPS.

But now it appears that the six officials — four men and two women, all wearing badges of some kind — weren’t SFPD, but part of Apple’s security team. A phone number given to Calderón by one of the men who identified himself as “Tony,” belongs to Anthony Colon, a former San Jose Police sergeant who is employed as a “senior investigator” at Apple (LinkedIn profile).

“This is something that’s going to need to be investigated now,” SFPD spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield said, when informed about the Bernal Heights man’s statements to SF Weekly. “If this guy is saying that the people said they were SFPD, that’s a big deal.”

The story of the lost prototype was reported by CNet earlier this week, citing an unnamed source. However, SFPD has no record of the case and when we visited the bar where the phone was supposedly lost, the manager knew nothing about it.

Here’s a picture of Anthony Colon and a screenshot of his LinkedIn profile, which has now been removed:

Apple Employees May Have Illegally Impersonated Police Officers Looking For iPhone 5 Prototype [Report]

Apple Employees May Have Illegally Impersonated Police Officers Looking For iPhone 5 Prototype [Report]
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  • San_Francisco_Kid

    Haha, great this is going down in Bernal, born and raised in the neighborhood, wonder if this guy is on the public housing side or the yuppie side… either way I’m surprised I haven’t heard anything about who this is

  • aardman

    This is starting to get serious.

  • Jordan Clay

    Something just isn’t sounding right.  I don’t believe a prototype was lost, there would be pictures to be the ban.  Plus, Apple security team showing up THEMSELVES impersonating police?  If the SGT.  was a police officer he probably go fired for being so stupid. I don’t think anybody could be that dumb

  • RaphaelNinjaTurtle

    Shit got real

  • person287

    That’ll probably cost apple a lot more money if found guilty than the $200 iPhone sold for!

  • davidkreutz

    So either this guy is lying (probably) or Apple security is going around breaking the law (less likely).

  • Bluelou65

    honestly it’s probably his word against their’s that they identified themselves as police.  not taking sides but this would be tough to prove either way.  he said “tony” gave him his number was it on a business card?  also what is a “high degree of emotional intelligence” and how do i get it?  i want that on my resume.

  • CharliK

    You really think that Apple would be so stupid. To wait a day or more or to claim to be the cops.

    Can’t wait for the story that tells how some dick at CNET faked the whole thing to try to one up the gizmo story

  • JimRPh62

    The alleged thief was really the alien Paul. The guys who searched the apartment were the Men in Black. Anthony Colon is really an alien (notice how he hides his eyes) assisting the Men in Black. They created the cover story of another stolen iPhone. It’s actually the control module for Apple’s new spaceship headquarters which Paul is providing technology for, in exchange for lifetime free access to all iTunes store content. The Men in Black fear Apple will use Paul’s technology to improve universal content distribution, which could be devastating to old school cosmic content providers and potentially trigger an interstellar war.

  • Alex

    Really… Former cops working security for  private companies saying they are still cops… Yeah because that never happens. 

  • CharliK

    Yep. Apple wouldn’t be so dumb to screw up something like this.

    Plus there are other little things. The photo on a professional social site is way casual and too many of the details are coming from this “victim”

    Heck, after the SFPD made their statement that they had no idea about this, it would be easy for any guy to call up the SF Weekly claiming to be this spokesperson and saying that having looked further it turns out that yes they did help with a search at an address in that area.

  • CharliK

    Yep. Apple wouldn’t be so dumb to screw up something like this.

    Plus there are other little things. The photo on a professional social site is way casual and too many of the details are coming from this “victim”

    Heck, after the SFPD made their statement that they had no idea about this, it would be easy for any guy to call up the SF Weekly claiming to be this spokesperson and saying that having looked further it turns out that yes they did help with a search at an address in that area.

  • snookasnoo

    Another example of ho COM has become the National Inquirer of Mac news.  Pathetic.  The police have already said they were involved yet I see no retraction.

  • Me

    Yes apple breaking the law is not likely in the least…right…

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  • CharliK

    I didn’t say they don’t. But just because some asshat former cop did it to you, don’t assume they all do. 

    We don’t even have proof this former cop is real. Or what was said by whom at the site. 

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