South African President Says His iPad Was Stolen, Another iCloud Assisted Capitol Riot Arrest, and Find My iPhone Solves Another Car Theft.
The latest in an occasional AppleInsider series, which looks at the world of Apple-related crime.
Security guard shot at Apple Store in Atlanta
A security guard at the Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta was shot in mid-June after he reportedly refused to let a couple of 15-year-olds into the mall’s Apple Store after hours.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the guard survived and he is recovering, while the two adolescents, a boy and a girl, are in a juvenile detention center. That mall had six shootings in 2020, including one near the Apple Store in November.
South African President Says His iPad Was Stolen, In Viral Clip
Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, was giving a speech in late June when he suddenly declared that his iPad had been stolen.
“I’m looking for my iPad, someone stole my iPad, someone decided they want to take away my iPad,” said the president. on the stand during an appearance in the port of Cape Town, for India today
Ramaphosa spoke for more than two minutes about the lost iPad before sitting down, in a speech that went viral in South Africa. The device was later recovered.
Two receive federal indictment for iPhone scheme in Pennsylvania
They have raised two Ohioans for federal charges related to the theft of 15 iPhones from a Walmart in Pennsylvania in 2019. Center Daily reports that the two took around 15 iPhones in that incident and then resold them.
The two are also charged with stealing $ 45,000 worth of electronics from Walmart locations in Illinois and Ohio while reselling them in other states. The interstate nature of the alleged plan is the reason for the federal charges.
ICloud Evidence Used Against Florida Pastors Involved In Capitol Riots
Three Florida men, a father and son who are ministers and a third man who is his parishioner, are the latest arrested for their role in the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
According to the national security blog Empty wheel, the three were arrested based on evidence obtained from an FBI warrant for the parishioner’s iCloud account. That evidence included location data and photos of the three men “at various times and places in the riot, times and places that the FBI later came across with the body and other surveillance footage.”
Ohio’s revised bill would not ban police cell phone tapping
Ohio lawmakers proposed in June a very controversial new law that broadens the definition of obstruction of justice. An earlier version of the bill, opponents said, would have made it a crime to produce videos of police officers in that state.
News 5 Cleveland reports that the Ohio House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee first voted to advance the bill, but more than 100 “civil rights, first amendment groups and individuals” have voiced their opposition to the measure.
A. Revised version of the bill subsequently passed, stating that the recording of law enforcement during the performance of their duties will not be prohibited.
George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis in May 2020 was filmed by local teenager Darnella Frazier, who was using an iPhone 11.
Find My iPhone catches a car thief
A Pennsylvania man was arrested At the end of june and charged with stealing a running car from a family in the area and police used the Find My iPhone feature to track the car through the owner’s iPhone 12 Pro Max.
According to Levittown now, the man was arrested, and the phone was later recovered, with a broken screen, from Old Bristol Pike. Presumably he had been thrown out of the car.
Woman charged with stealing iPads from a Bronx school
NYPD is looking for a woman who they say entered a school in the Bronx and stole 14 iPads. CBS New York says the iPads had a total value of about $ 6,000.
Felony indictment for woman who falsely accused teen of iPhone theft
The woman who starred in a viral video in late 2020 in which she accused a black teenager of stealing her iPhone from a New York City hotel, then physically assaulted him. has been hit with additional charges.
CNN reports that the woman, who has come to be known as “SoHo Karen,” has been charged with illegal incarceration, as a hate crime, endangering the well-being of a child, and aggravated harassment. She has pleaded not guilty.
The woman was previously charged with attempted assault, attempted robbery, grand theft and endangering the well-being of a child over the incident, and was also sued by the 14-year-old’s family.
Stolen iPhone 12 Pro leads to chase
A group of thieves in the UK took a iPhone 12 Pro of a couple and pushed them into a bush, but the couple spent 30 minutes chasing the group of six robbers.
According to Dollar free press, the suspects were teenagers.
“Fortunately, the two victims were not injured; however, we take robberies and community safety very seriously and are investigating the incident,” Detective Constable told the newspaper.
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