The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Police Raid Blogger in iPhone Leak
The popular gadget blog that obtained a purported prototype of Apple's next-generation iPhone was raided last week by police. Acting on a warrant, police raided the Fremont, Calif. home of Gizmodo.com editor Jason Chen, seizing computers and other items from the site. Gizmodo, which is owned by Gawker Media, had paid $5,000 for the prototype, which was reportedly left in a San Jose bar by an Apple employee. According to Fox News, the police investigation was instigated by Apple itself.
Man Loses Finger in iPad Theft
A man in Colorado last week part of his pinky finger while a thief stole his iPad. The Associated Press reported that the 59-year-old man had just purchased an iPad at a mall in the Denver area and had the bag containing it hanging from his pinky finger, when a thief yanked the bag so hard that the man's finger was mangled. He later had two thirds of finger amputated. The thief, 20, was arrested and charged with robbery and assault.
Man Charged in hhgregg Craigslist Scam
A North Carolina man has been arrested for carrying out a scheme in which he bought items at hhgregg with bad checks and then sold the electronics items on Craigslist. According to local TV station WCNC, when the checks began bouncing police went on Craigslist and found the advertisements, leading them to the 24-year-old man. He faces charges of obtaining property by false pretenses.