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Lost iPhone Case Continues, SF Police Launch Probe

The S.F. police now say the department is investigating the possible involvement of officers in this case.

There's a new development in the caper involving a lost iPhone in San Francisco. A new report says the S.F. police will be investigating their own, specifically the role that officers may have played in assisting an Apple corporate security team in a home search earlier this summer.

The Apple employees appear to have been tracking an unreleased iPhone that had been lost by another employee at a local bar. The company claims to have tracked the phone to the residence of Sergio Calderon in the Bernal Heights area of San Francisco. According to S.F. police officials, officers accompanied Apple security members to Calderon's house but never entered. It appears that Calderon may have thought the Apple security employees were also police--he later told local media he never would have let them search his home had he known they weren't police.

Media reports fueled all sorts of speculation early on about the search, including rumors that Apple employees had impersonated police officers to gain entrance and search Calderon's home. Other retellings of the tale cite Calderon as claiming that an Apple employee made threatening remarks about the immigration status of people in the household.

Initially, the police denied knowing anything about the incident, but later confirmed that officers were on the scene with the Apple employees.

Difficulties in securing any police reports for the incident from the SFPD have helped fuel the confusion. It's also worth mentioning that the incident happened in July, but the story broke just recently, which may explain some of the muddiness.

So the police express one narrative about what happened at Calderon's home, but plan to launch an internal investigation to find out what happened at Calderon's home. Hmm... sounds like we may not have heard the last of this case.

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