Silicon Valley Cops Begin Lost iPhone 4G Investigation

April 25, 2010, By Alex Ion

Cali Police have officially started an investigation into the new iPhone 4G.

As you probably remember, the new iPhone was lost in a German beer garden (Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City), found by someone and then sold to the folks from Gizmodo who paid $5,000 to actually get their hands on the device. From what we’re hearing Silicon Valley’s computer crime task force thinks that criminal laws may have been broken, but is it?

We’re no lawyers, but let’s make things straight. Apparently the guy who ended up with the new iPhone tried to reach back to Apple but no one took him serious. He phone numerous times and told them he has a remotely bricked iPhone (through MobileMe, the service Apple provides to track and wipe out lost iPhones) and that he’d like to give it back. With little luck.

Only after trying to get it back where it belongs, he sold it to Gizmodo, who eventually (after dissecting and taking lots of pictures) gave it back to Apple.

Fast forward to today, it looks like Silicon Valley cops are undergoing a preliminary investigation to see if there’s enough evidence to press charges — although it’s not said if Gizmodo alone will be targeted, or together with the person who send it their way.

Stephen Wagstaffe, chief deputy district attorney for San Mateo County, said, “If there is a case that is investigated and able to be submitted for prosecution, it will be handled by this office.”

Apple’s marketing department is either pulling their very best by orchestrating this leak themselves (I wouldn’t be surprised if the did), or they are as guilty as everyone else involved in this story.

Are there any people with legal experience reading DeviceMAG? Can the First Amendment be invoked here? What do you folks think.

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