San Francisco Police want to review bar surveillance video in lost iPhone prototype enquiry

San Francisco Police Department have asked to review the surveillance videos from the bar where an iPhone prototype was supposedly left by an Apple employee. Jose Valle, whose family own the Cava 22 bar, was contacted by SFPD with a request to see the footage between the dates of July 21 and 22nd.

It is unclear what the videos will be able to offer SFPD or why they want them. According to Mr Valle, the bar has six cameras which take still images every three minutes. There are also many areas in the bar with low light conditions; which would not provide images with very much detail. Mr Valle has tried to contact SFPD to let them know the video is available to view but  SFPD has not followed up as of yet.

Lt. Troy Dangerfield, speaking on behalf of SFPD, said that he wasn't aware that investigators had gone to the bar or were looking for the videos. He also confirmed that Apple had not filed a police report so was sure that there was no criminal investigation connected to the missing device.

He concluded that the request by police for the surveillance footage was likely part of the internal review launched this month by department officials into how police assisted Apple in a search of a home on July 24.

This one looks set to rumble on for some time yet. Hopefully it will all be irrelevant very soon; when Apple reveals the next generation iPhone in the coming weeks.

Source: Cnet


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San Francisco Police want to review bar surveillance video in lost iPhone prototype enquiry


Pick up a dictionary sometime why don't you. From
Enquiry: an investigation, esp a formal one conducted into a matter of public concern by a body constituted for that purpose by a government, local authority, or other organization

Vocabulary Police. Jeesh. Actually DJ, it's an accepted British spelling. Look things up before you TRY to correct someone.

Good luck getting anything out of it. Surveillance cameras are not designed to capture fine detail like this. Don't expect CSI:SF to be there saying "enhance". These cameras barely capture enough detail to convict undisguised armed robbers holding up the joint. Try figuring out who discreetly slipped a device the size of a pack of playing cards into their pocket in the middle of a crowded bar.

Lt. Troy Dangerfield??
Are we to take this report seriously? Is that Rodney's cousin?
Actually, on a more serious note, what is the origin of the name? Many names with common words in them are pretty easy to figure out, but "danger" "field"?
I wonder if SFPD will discover that the officers should not have gone with Apple's people...

Hopefully this doesn't go away soon Chris. the allegations made about the apple employees who searched the home 7/24 are outrageous. I hope the police rethink the sort of help they give to organizations that claim theft but don't file complaints.

I know poelpe, just because he has an iPad 1 he thinks it\'s better, he cant afford 2 I hate poelpe like that and after I watched that video I shuted him up THNX MAN!!!!!!