Thief Charged, Gizmodo Safe in iPhone 4 Prototype Theft Case

Last year a man named Brian Hogan found a prototype iPhone 4 in a bar and sold it to tech news site Gizmodo. CNET reports that Steve Wagstaffe, San Mateo County District Attorney, has just announced that Hogan will be charged for theft and that another man named Sage Robert Wallower is being charged as well. Gizmodo, its staff and its parent company Gawker Media are not being charged in any way. The relevant California law states that any person who finds lost property and knows who it belongs to and “appropriates such property to his own use, or to the use of another person not entitled thereto, without first making reasonable and just efforts to find the owner and restore the property to him, is guilty of theft.”

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