Earlier this week, CNET published a report regarding an Apple employee who allegedly lost an iPhone 5 prototype in a “tequila lounge” in late July. Today, SF Weekly is reporting that a Bernal Heights man is declaring 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.”
This raises the question as to whether or not Apple security personnel made an attempt at recovering the prototype by falsely representing themselves as police officers.
“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.”
Wednesday, CNET reported that San Francisco police and Apple’s investigators visited the house and spoke with a man in his twenties who was in fact at Cava 22 on the night the device went missing, however denying knowing anything about the missing phone.
Sergio Calderón, 22, of Bernal Heights is claiming to be the man in CNET’s article as well as the person who’s home was searched by the “impersonators.”
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.
Calderón reportedly told SF Weekly that these “officials” threatened him and his family regarding their immigration status
Calderón, an American citizen who lives with multiple generations of family members, all of whom he said are staying in the U.S. legally, said one of the men also threatened his relatives about their immigration status. “One of the officers is like, ‘Is everyone in this house an American citizen?’ They said we were all going to get into trouble.’”
After searching his house and car, Calderón told the publication that the group of six did not find anything and offered him $300 if he would return it.
Prior to leaving the house, a man by the name of “Tony” gave Calderón a card with a phone number on it. Calderón then shared the man’s phone number with SF Weekly.
The phone was answered by Anthony Colon, who confirmed to us he is an employee of Apple but declined to comment further. According to a public profile on the website LinkedIn, Colon, a former San Jose Police sergeant, is employed as a “senior investigator” at Apple.
This story is a bit sketchy from start to finish and we recommend it all be taken with a grain of salt.