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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Horacio Toure, World's Unluckiest iPhone Thief, Catches Lucky Break

Posted By on Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 8:45 AM

click to enlarge Not yours, Horacio Toure. Not  yours.
  • Not yours, Horacio Toure. Not yours.
Horacio Toure, the man who made international headlines as perhaps the world's unluckiest thief, may want to go out and buy a lotto ticket. His luck is changing, thanks to a San Francisco judge.

The 31-year-old San Franciscan in July stole an iPhone. Hey, it happens. But this wasn't just any iPhone. It was, perhaps, the world's most traceable iPhone, equipped with a real-time tracking program called "Alert & Respond." What's more, Toure yanked it in the midst of a demonstration of how the program works -- and he demonstrated its effectiveness when police easily corralled him 10 minutes later.

And yet, Toure walked out of a San Francisco courtroom yesterday a free man.

Over the district attorney's objection, Toure "pleaded open," meaning his sentence was dictated by the judge and not via a settlement with the prosecution. Rather than years in prison per the DA's wishes, Toure was given credit for time served. He will be mandated to pay restitution to the owners of the two iPhones he pleaded guilty to stealing. Yet, since both phones were recovered -- and the folks putting on the Alert & Respond exhibition ougut to compensate him for such an effective demonstration -- that's not anticipated to be a crippling fee. The felony convictions may be reduced to misdemeanors, if Toure behaves himself on probation for 18 months. 

"We wanted to give this guy prison, and he ends up getting out," summarized Seth Steward, a spokesman for the DA's office.

Some guys have all the luck.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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