San Fran Cops Confirm They Helped Apple Search Home
Company still looking for lost prototype of iPhone 5
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2011 8:09 AM CDT
A customer looks at an iPhone 4 in Palo Alto, California, in this file photo. The iPhone 5 is expected to arrive around October.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – This year's saga of Apple's missing iPhone prototype is getting nearly as melodramatic as last year's. San Francisco police have changed their tune and now say "three or four" detectives accompanied private detectives hired by Apple to search a local home, reports the San Francisco Weekly. The officers remained outside while two Apple detectives entered the house to look for the iPhone 5 prototype, though the 22-year-old homeowner says he was under the impression that they were police officers, too.

"I thought they were SFPD," says Sergio Calderon. "That's why I let them in." The search turned up nothing, but Calderon says the visitors made veiled threats. "One of the officers is like, 'Is everyone in this house an American citizen?' They said we were all going to get into trouble." The saga began when an Apple employee reportedly left the prototype at a local tequila bar, as CNET first reported. Apple techs traced the device to Calderon's home and requested police help in getting it back. He denies he took it.