Did Apple Goons Impersonate SFPD Officers to Search Bernal Heights Home?

Apple's Death Star Looms over Bernalwood

The story about the missing Apple iPhone 5 that was last traced to Bernal Heights has become national news, and with the increased scrutiny, the tale has gone from cute to bizarre.

The latest news, astutely reported by SF Weekly, is that Apple investigators may have represented themselves as SFPD when they searched the home of a Bernal Heights resident. SF Weekly has identified the resident as “Sergio Calderón, 22, of Bernal Heights.”

Let’s let SF Weekly explain:

​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.

The man’s statements to SF Weekly in an exclusive interview add significant new twists to the unfolding story of the unreleased iPhone 5 that was reportedly lost at a San Francisco bar this summer.

If accurate, his account raises the possibility that Apple security personnel attempting to recover the prototype falsely represented themselves as police officers – a criminal act punishable by up to a year in jail in the state of California — or that SFPD employees colluding with Apple failed to properly report an extensive search of a person’s home, car, and computer.

“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.”

SF Weekly has lots more lurid detail on the search of Calderón’s home and the threats that were allegedy made against him, and at least one of the men who conducted the search has since been revealed as “a former San Jose Police sergeant… employed as a ‘senior investigator’ at Apple. “

Oh my. Read the whole thing. Or is the whole the entire incident a hoax?

UPDATE: Another twist, another turn. Turns out SFPD was involved, but Neighbor Calderón did not know that the people who searched his home were Apple employees. SFWeekly rocks it (again):

The bizarre saga involving a lost prototype of the iPhone 5 has taken another interesting turn. 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.

Dangerfield says that, after conferring with Apple and the captain of the Ingleside police station, he has learned that plainclothes SFPD officers went with private Apple detectives to the home of Sergio Calderón, a 22-year-old resident of Bernal Heights. According to Dangerfield, the officers “did not go inside the house,” but stood outside while the Apple employees scoured Calderón’s home, car, and computer files for any trace of the lost iPhone 5. The phone was not found, and Calderón denies that he ever possessed it.

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5 Responses to Did Apple Goons Impersonate SFPD Officers to Search Bernal Heights Home?

  1. Halle says:

    Fortunately, we know that sfpd sends 4 officers to search a house any time an iPhone is taken and the gps is activated.

  2. J says:

    nice apple death star!

  3. Pingback: Bernal Man May Sue Apple Over Missing iPhone 5 Search | Bernalwood

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