Two men charged with crimes against women captured by iCloud, Find My iPhone catches car thieves, and more in Apple Crime Blotter
In the span of two days in mid-November, there were two major thefts of Apple products in Europe. A lorry hijacking in the UK brought in $ 6.6 million in Apple items, while Amazon employees in Spain were caught stealing the equivalent of $ 592,000 worth of iPhones.
Most of the other Apple-related crimes in November weren’t as lucrative for suspected criminals, but there were still plenty. This is the last of a Appleinsider series on the world of crime involving Apple products and services:
CBP seizes $ 41,500 in phone accessories
On November 9, US Customs and Border Protection said it had seized “counterfeit Apple and Samsung accessories” worth $ 41,500 in Minneapolis. The packaging contained iPhone cases and adapters, as well as Samsung accessories, and the items were found to be counterfeit due to “various inconsistencies, poor quality and incorrect packaging.”
Unlike the September incident when CBP seized OnePlus Buds and mistakenly described them as counterfeit AirPods, CBP’s description seems accurate this time around.
Man presented fake ID in attempt to claim MacBook Air at UPS facility
A man was arrested in mid-November after showing a fake Pennsylvania ID card at a UPS facility in Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania. Police said he presented the fake ID in order to retrieve a package containing a 13-inch MacBook Air.
Through Lehigh Valley Live, the man was charged with counterfeiting and theft, in the third such case at this facility in three months.
ICloud Evidence Helped Catch US Embassy Employee Arrested For Sex Crimes
An employee of the US embassy in Mexico City was arrested in October and charged with one count of coercion and seduction in connection with the sexual assault of a woman. However, the man is believed to have attacked many more victims than that. According toThe daily beast, the government searched the man’s phones, laptop and iCloud account and discovered hundreds of photos and videos of the man abusing women.
“Extreme Stalker” in UK accused of carrying out suspicious searches on iCloud
Another man accused of heinous crimes against women has been shot at least in part by iCloud evidence. the Express and Star reports that a man from Wolverhampton, England was arrested in February after leading a massive and multifaceted campaign of criminal harassment against a woman.
Police said the man created countless social media accounts, including 19 fake Instagram accounts, while hacking into the woman’s home video surveillance system. It was also discovered that he had searched the internet for the woman’s name using the phrases “log into iCloud without verification” and “free mobile phone tracker without the user knowing”.
Special needs group leader accused of buying iPhone with stolen money
The former head of the Revere League for Special Needs, a Massachusetts organization that advocates for people with special needs, has pleaded guilty to embezzling $ 42,000 from the charity.
According to MassLive, the woman spent the embezzled funds on an iPhone, jewelry, concert tickets and other items, over a period of three years. She also took $ 5,000 of the charity’s money to open a (401) k account with herself as a beneficiary, pursuant to the guilty plea.
iPhone found in possession of man accused of breaking and entering Party World
It’s a story that recalls the line in Fargo on “up Brainerd investigating wrongdoing.” A Minneapolis man has been arrested and charged with breaking into a Party World store in Brainerd, Minnesota on Halloween morning.
Brainerd’s breakdown writes that, after searching the man, the police found “two fake $ 20 bills, keys, a master lock, two carabiners and a pink iPhone”, while they believe the man attempted to connect a car to escape.
Find My iPhone helps catch the duo that hijacked Ubers and Lyfts
Two Virginia teens charged with a series of Uber and Lyft car hijackings have been arrested after the driver’s iPhone was left in one of the cars. According to Daily press, police traced the phone to the mother of one of the accused car thieves.
The duo were charged with two counts of car hijacking, two counts of conspiracy to commit car hijacking and two counts of firearms.