The Silicon Vally/San Jose Business Journal is reporting that the criminal investigation regarding the theft of the iPhone prototype from a Bay Area bar. Gizmodo subsequently bought the the device and ultimately returned the device to Apple after an official request from the company. It now seems that the Apple engineer that lost the device, […]
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Criminal Investigation in the Lost Next-Gen iPhone Case, Prompted by Requests from Apple Engineer

The Silicon Vally/San Jose Business Journal is reporting that the criminal investigation regarding the theft of the iPhone prototype from a Bay Area bar. Gizmodo subsequently bought the the device and ultimately returned the device to Apple after an official request from the company. It now seems that the Apple engineer that lost the device, asked local law enforcement to investigate.

Wagstaffe said that an outside counsel for Apple, along with Apple engineer Powell, called the District Attorney’s office on Wednesday or Thursday of last week to report a theft had occurred and they wanted it investigated. The District Attorney’s office then referred them to the Rapid Enforcement and Allied Computer Team, or REACT, a multi-jurisdictional, high-tech crime task force that operates under the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office.

Police officers have found, and talked to the person responsible for originally taking the iPhone from the bar in Redwood City, California. That said, they are staying mum about wether this is the same person who sold the device to Gizmodo for $5000. As of this moment however, the case is at a standstill as questions regarding the legality of the police raid on Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s house, are beginning to arise.

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