Crime blotter: Pro Wrestlers’ Find My iPhone Expedition Predictably Ends


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In the latest Apple Crime Blotter, an arrest is made at a stolen Apple Store in 2021, an iPhone warehouse theft, and a state banned from filming the police.

The last of a chance AppleInsider series, looking at the world of Apple-related crime.

Arrest carried out in a smash-and-grab at the Apple Store in Greenwich

Thefts from Apple Stores have become relatively rare lately. But an arrest was made in a this weekof a theft that took place last August.

According The Citizen Register, police made an arrest in a break-in at an Apple store that took place in August 2021. $12,000 worth of merchandise was seized, including 13 iPhones and a headset. A 22-year-old man, already in jail on an unrelated charge, has been charged with third-degree burglary and second-degree robbery.

Professional wrestlers use Find My iPhone to recover stolen AirPods

A man and woman who work as professional wrestlers used Find My iPhone to successfully stalk woman’s purse after it was stolen from a plane.

Insider P.W. reports that the wrestlers, known as the NWA’s Bryan Idol and Natalia Markova, were flying to Florida and noticed Markova’s purse had been stolen after landing. The two realized Markova’s AirPods were in the purse and used Find My iPhone, eventually tracking the purse to a Walmart 40 minutes away.

When they arrived, Markova received an alert that her credit card was being used.

Perhaps true to their profession, the two confronted the thief and tackled him.

The stolen items were recovered, but while police arrested the man, the wrestlers refused to press charges.

Arizona law prohibits filming police within eight feet

Many instances of police misconduct over the past few years have been captured with smartphone cameras, including the murder of George Floyd, which was caught on iPhone.

Now, Arizona has passed a law prohibiting the filming of law enforcement activities within eight feet. According Axiosthe new law aims to “protect police officers from harm”.

Many groups, including the ACLU, called the new unconstitutional law.

A bill in Ohio in 2021 would have instituted a similar prohibitionbut it was changed following a public controversy.

Two charged with stealing nearly 100 Apple devices from warehouse

Two Florida men have been charged end of June with the theft of nearly 100 Apple devices from a Best Buy warehouse in Texas. According Carry the televisionthe two men were arrested while stopped in a stolen vehicle, which also contained drugs.

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office described the items as “92 factory-sealed Apple devices,” which appeared to be mostly various MacBooks.

Apple Watch may have helped solve a murder

A 2021 murder that took place in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, may have been resolved due to an Apple Watch left in a car attached to the case.

Delaware County Time says police found a blue Volkswagen that was allegedly involved in the crime. In it, they discovered a distinctive rose gold Apple Watch.

When the car was turned on, the watch synchronized with the car radio, resulting in the nickname “Big 53”. After an Apple search warrant, that handle was traced back to an individual, who was later arrested for the murder.

A man has an iPhone and other items stolen by a woman he met at a bar

A man, after spending a night with “a redheaded woman he met in a bar in Fort Lauderdale”, woke up to find various stolen valuablesincluding his iPhone 12 Pro, The Miami Herald reported.

The man, who was drugged with GHB, lost more than $52,500 worth of items, including the iPhone, two expensive watches and $1,000 in cash.

Evidence of seized iPhone used in child pornography indictment

A man from Massachusetts was charged on federal child pornography charges after authorities seized his iPhone and laptop and found the offending footage.

The same man was convicted in 2002 on similar charges.

Apple products broken into Harvard dorms

The Harvard University Police Department has warned of a series of burglaries and thefts in the dormitories of the university. The Boston Globe reports that a break-in at Wigglesworth Hall resulted in the theft of an Apple iPad Pro, an Apple Pencil and a pair of Airpods.

A separate break-in involved the theft of a MacBook Air.

iCloud video used to convict drug dealer using FaceTime

A 50-year-old Pennsylvania man described as a ‘recidivist leader of a drug ring’ has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on drug charges. The man, according to a report, often used FaceTime to converse with underlings, rather than texts or phone calls.

According The Pittsburgh Post Gazettesome of the evidence that convicted the man came from his iCloud account, in which the man “showed a stack of around $200,000 while his girlfriend warned him that he shouldn’t film himself with it that much money”.

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