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Monday, September 26, 2011

Missing iPhone 5: SFPD Wants Surveillance Video from Bar Where Apple Employee Lost Device

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 8:55 AM

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San Francisco police have reportedly asked the owners of Cava Bar in the Mission -- the spot where an Apple employee supposedly lost a prototype of the unreleased iPhone 5  -- for surveillance footage as part of an internal investigation regarding the SFPD's questionable search into the missing device.

Jose Valle, owner of the popular Mission District bar, told CNET that SFPD officers came by the venue last week and have left messages requesting video surveillance from July 21 and 22. Valle said he does have the video and is attempting to reconnect with police to give it to them.

But Valle said it could be difficult for police to piece together what happened to the iPhone 5 that night in his bar; the six cameras snap still shots of bar scenes every three minutes, which means there's plenty of activity that isn't caught on tape.

More importantly, unless Apple cooperates with the investigation, there is no way for police to know who the Apple employee is or what they looked like, he said.

The tech scandal broke last month when an anonymous source told CNET that an Apple employee had lost the device at the bar. Apple officials had subsequently tracked the phone using GPS to the home of a Bernal Heights man, but after SF Weekly followed up with the SFPD, cops told us that the department had no records of any such incident.

The story grew even more curious when we tracked down Sergio

Calderón, who said it was his home that was searched. Calderón said six

officials claiming to be SFPD showed up at his door, and two of them

searched his house. After we reported Calderón's story, the SFPD changed its story and told us that four plainclothes police officers had gone with two Apple investigators

to Calderón's house and waited outside while Apple employees searched his home, car, and computer for the phone --- which was never


Questions lingered about whether SFPD colluded with Apple, and whether Apple security misrepresented itself as police officers.

Lieutenant Troy Dangerfield said that Apple has not filed a police report over the incident, thus there is probably no criminal investigation happening in connection to the missing device.  "In order for there to be a crime, you need a victim," Dangerfield told CNET.

Meanwhile, Calderón has told reporters he is looking for his own attorney.

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