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In the latest Apple Crime Blotter, Rudy Giuliani unlocks prosecutors’ phones, iCloud evidence catches a man who threatened the congresswoman, and multiple iPhone thefts from Walmart.
The last of a chance AppleInsider series, looking at the world of Apple-related crime.
Disney Caught ‘Cast Members’ Stealing Money From Room With iPad and AirPods
Management at a Disney resort in Louisiana employees caught steal money and items from the resort’s hotel rooms, and used an elaborate sting operation to do so. However, they avoided stealing Apple products left in the room.
According to the Disney news site WDWNT, the thefts took place in March at the Port Orleans Resort – Riverside resort. Hotel management teamed up with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to set up a mock hotel room where cash, an iPad, and AirPods were left as “bait.”
The two employees, known as “Cast Members”, were caught stealing money, but left Apple products in the room.
Amsterdam Apple Store hostages honored as heroes
NL Times reports that Mayor Femke Halsema paid tribute to the man who was held at gunpoint, along with four others who hid in a closet during the hours of the clash. The hostage situation had ended when the man held at gunpoint ran, and when the hostage taker followed he was hit by a car.
Giuliani agrees to unlock prosecutors’ phones
Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York and lawyer for former President Trump, agreed to unlock several electronic devices for prosecutors, CNN reported April 12. Prosecutors had seized 18 devices from Giuliani when they searched him in April 2021, and are said to be close to making a charging decision.
It’s unclear how many of the devices in question are Apple products, but Giuliani said in a 2021 interview that the search was illegal because “they got it from iCloud.”
The former mayor’s phone habits have made headlines at other times, such as when he visited an Apple Store in October 2019 to unlock an iPhone after entering incorrect codes ten times. The same month, BNC News reported that Giuliani had “called” a reporter, which resulted in that reporter overhearing and reporting a potentially incriminating conversation about money.
iCloud helped arrest a man convicted of threatening an MP
A Florida man pleaded guilty in April to sending a threatening email to a congressman, and he was caught after the email was traced to his iCloud account.
Business Intern writes that the 67-year-old sent threats to Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota in July 2019, including the phrase “are you ready to die for Islam?” The man’s identity was found after Omar’s staff reported the message to federal investigators.
The man pleaded guilty to a single count of threatening a federal official with intent to intimidate, obstruct and retaliate, and faces up to ten years in prison.
Ex-employees accused of stealing $25,000 worth of iPhones from Walmart’s fulfillment center
Two Pennsylvania men are accused of stealing $25,000 worth of iPhones from their former employer, a Walmart distribution center. According to Glove Newsthe two men were charged with criminal theft by unlawful taking and receiving of stolen property.
The thefts reportedly took place in the fall of 2021. Local stores had noticed that orders for iPhones were not arriving in stores, and a colleague of the two eventually told authorities he had seen them take the items. .
Man admits to taking 30 iPhones
In other Walmart iPhone theft news, a Nevada man admitted that he took 30 iPhones from a Walmart in March 2021. The mail record reports that the man was observed under surveillance entering the store, entering the storeroom and filling a cardboard box with iPhone 12 units.
The 27-year-old admitted to committing a burglary at a business and a robbery.
iPhones stolen from a music festival are found
More than 100 iPhones were stolen from attendees in a single day during the Ultra Music Festival in Miami in late March. According to NBCMiamia man who had tracked his own phone found him and 11 others in bushes near a motel.
Washington criminals stole iPhones, shoes and dogs, police say
Washington, DC police say a group of four perpetrators committed a series of crimes in mid-April in which they came across several people and demanded their money, iPhones, shoes and dogs.
According to The Washingtoniantwo dogs and at least two iPhones were stolen and two people were shot, both non-fatal.