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Seventh and Market Street is the stolen iPhone marketplace

Police officers in the San Francisco Bay Area are currently trying to correct a serious, ongoing tech problem -- the stolen iPhone market

San Francisco Police Capt. Joe Garrity described how the cross at Seventh and Market Street in downtown San Francisco is the main place for selling/buying stolen iPhones. 

Since about 48 percent of San Francisco residents use an iPhone, the device has a target on its back for theft. Thieves snatch the iPhones from unsuspecting texters on the street, switch their SIM cards (since carriers block SIMs reported stolen) and run to sell them on Seventh and Market.

According to Lookout, a mobile security firm, the total value of lost or stolen phones in the U.S. is approximately $30 billion a year. Many stolen phones bought here are often resold in other countries to escape being blacklisted by American carriers.

San Francisco police officers say nearly half of all robberies in the city involved smartphones last year. Police would use GPS sensors in stolen iPhones to trace their whereabouts, and most often, the phones would end up on Seventh and Market.


So what are police officers doing about this? Sting operations, where Officer Tom Lee is dressed more "streetlike" in a hoodie, jeans and sneakers and walks the streets of San Francisco with a bag of "stolen" iPhones to sell. He tells potential customers he has iPhones for sale, freshly stolen from the Apple Store, and that they should make him an offer (typically $25-$200). 

The iPhones are borrowed from Apple for the sting operations, and Lee remains unarmed so that potential buyers don't figure out that he's a cop. However, two armed officers are nearby in street clothes to keep an eye on Lee, and more police officers await in an unmarked car down the street. 

Buyers look the iPhones over to make sure they work, and once agreeing to the deal, offer Lee the cash. He accepts, and gives his fellow police officers a signal to make an arrest. 

However, some disagree with this tactic. They say it invites crime rather than prevents it, and punishes unsuspecting buyers who may not be aware that the device is stolen. 

In one case, where Lee once again played a decoy looking to sell iPhones, he forgot to tell the buyer that the iPhone was stolen. So when the buyer was arrested for making a deal, he was later released from the police station -- and got the $100 he paid for the iPhone, too.

Source: Huffington Post



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RE: Lost iPhone?
By inperfectdarkness on 4/30/2013 9:48:00 PM , Rating: 1
Tony, stop making additional bogus accounts for your shill games.


RE: Lost iPhone?
By JackBurton on 4/30/13, Rating: 0
RE: Lost iPhone?
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/1/2013 8:01:26 AM , Rating: 2
Quite honestly, no one cares.


RE: Lost iPhone?
By retrospooty on 5/1/2013 8:26:16 AM , Rating: 2
I know... You have to wonder about a guy that creates an account on a tech website to do nothing but defend a company. Do you seriously have no other interests? "In my spare time, I log on to the web and defend Apple, every product they make and every move they make, legally, politically and technically" WTF motivates these losers?


RE: Lost iPhone?
By JackBurton on 5/1/2013 9:14:28 AM , Rating: 1
LOL, I've been an Anandtech member since 2000. I'm normally in the forums and just recently ventured out here where the Android boneheads hang out. And just as I suspected, it turned out to be a waste of my time.

You want to see a loser, look at yourself. You spend your time in P&N, responding to Apple articles, and obviously are technically challenged. And when you run out of facts to defend yourself, you bring up my account? Now that's funny.


RE: Lost iPhone?
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/1/2013 9:16:35 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
You want to see a loser, look at yourself. You spend your time in P&N, responding to Apple articles, and obviously are technically challenged.
Oh, the irony....


RE: Lost iPhone?
By JackBurton on 5/1/2013 9:22:37 AM , Rating: 2
Oh, the irony....

Not sure where you are seeing the irony. If you are alluding to "responding to Apple articles," I think I've commented on I think 3 article in my entire time as an Anandtech member. Maybe I should have been more clear as in, "just about every Apple article."


RE: Lost iPhone?
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/1/2013 9:26:19 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Not sure where you are seeing the irony. If you are alluding to "responding to Apple articles," I think I've commented on I think 3 article in my entire time as an Anandtech member.
Commented on 3 articles? You are kidding right? Seriously? Now you are just a straight up liar in addition to a horribly pathetic Apple fanboy...


RE: Lost iPhone?
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/1/2013 9:30:15 AM , Rating: 2
And troll...


RE: Lost iPhone?
By JackBurton on 5/1/2013 9:36:55 AM , Rating: 2
:rolleyes:

I've made several comments on each article, but the articles I've commented on are few and far between. I threw out three not as an exact number but as a guess genius. If I've commented on 10, are you going to say, "oh my God, see it wasn't three! You liar!" Get a grip Android bonehead. What I was basically saying is I don't post in articles very often. Maybe it just seems like a lot to you because they were so memorable. :)


RE: Lost iPhone?
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/1/2013 9:38:54 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
What I was basically saying is I don't post in articles very often.
And you are full of shit...


RE: Lost iPhone?
By JackBurton on 5/1/2013 9:40:58 AM , Rating: 2
Whatever you say. Why don't you go and find all those articles I've posted in.


RE: Lost iPhone?
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/2/2013 10:57:03 AM , Rating: 2
http://www.dailytech.com/CommentUser.aspx?user=277...

the whole history... that was easy now wasn't it?


RE: Lost iPhone?
By retrospooty on 5/1/2013 11:26:41 AM , Rating: 2
"Commented on 3 articles? You are kidding right? Seriously? "

ROFLMAO... 3 ???? That is really something. WOW. Blown away by that.

Maybe Jack is confusing his current AT/DT userid with another that is less of an iTroll? Because the userid I have been going back and forth with has been around for quite a while and constantly comments on any Apple article and 100% sides with Apple no matter what... And does is in a very condescending and douchy manor I might add. HE's prolly just confused with one of his other troll userid's. LOL. Loser.


RE: Lost iPhone?
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/1/2013 11:36:53 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Because the userid I have been going back and forth with has been around for quite a while and constantly comments on any Apple article and 100% sides with Apple no matter what... And does is in a very condescending and douchy manor I might add.
100 percent truth. He is just a straight up lying troll. It's just blatantly obvious.


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