updated 07:25 pm EDT, Fri September 2, 2011
SFPD finds it did give Apple help in iPhone 5 hunt
The SFPD in a follow-up to its investigation was told by the SFPD that the controversial iPhone 5 hunt did occur with its blessing. After a check, Lt. Troy Dangerfield told SFWeekly that four police officers followed Apple senior investigator Tony Colon and one other Apple official in the search of Sergio Calderon's house. Dangerfield's account had the four officers outside while the two Apple staff were inside conducting their search.
Calderon, who didn't mention who had actually entered into the house, confirmed that only two people actually entered the house and hadn't identified themselves as police officers. He gave permission to the group to conduct the search and, based on the new information, effectively waived his privacy rights. However, he had assumed the Apple workers were also SFPD and now says he wouldn't have let them in if he had known.
Questions still persist over the handling of the case that could result in legal trouble for Apple, the SFPD, and Calderon alike. It's not known how much authority the police had to work in tandem with Apple, especially as the SFPD didn't record the event like it was required. Whether or not Colon and his co-worker represented themselves properly is also in question, as is the treatment from the police officers, who purportedly intimidated Calderon and family by questioning their US citizienship.
Simultaneously, though, Calderon's denial isn't consistent with Apple's claims. It tracked the missing iPhone 5 from the Cava 22 tequila bar that Calderon visited the day in question back to his home, but he still maintains that he doesn't have the prototype.
Current revelations do at at least partly exonerate Colon, who went through police channels to pursue the phone. The investigator is a veteran of both the police and private security with awards for his service.