If you’ve ever had your iPhone stolen, you can understand the urge to become an angel of crippling, throat-crushing, eye-gouging vengeance to the no-good perp who stole your precious.
Here’s a cautionary tale reminding you to resist that temptation: that guy you you’re beating down in a parking lot for swiping your iPhone might be as innocent of the crime as a babe on Christmas.
Here’s the story, as reported by MyCentralJersey.
52-year-old iPhone owner Carl Ippolito was unlucky enough to have his device stolen from his car while it sat in a parking lot. Using Apple’s Find My iPhone service to track the device, Ippolito and his son tracked down what they thought was the stolen device to a nearby location… where 27 year old Brent Johnson was unlucky enough to be standing, chatting away innocently on his legally purchased and totally not stolen iPhone.
You can guess what happened next. Ippolito and his son charged at Johnson, demanded his iPhone, and when Johnson refused to give them his handset, proceeded to beat the ever loving crap out of him.
Needless to say, Ippolito and his son have since been charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct.
Just a reminder that as good as MobileMe’s Find My iPhone feature is, there are millions of iPhones in the country, and a person who happens to be standing at a rough GPS location is not proof of guilt. Plan your vengeances accordingly.
[via Razorian Fly]