New York Police Department Forming A Team To Focus On Apple Product Thieves

Posted Feb 23, 2013

The New York Police Department is forming a force of officers that has been specifically assigned to work with Apple on retrieving stolen products.  Every time that an Apple device is stolen in New York, detectives get tracking numbers from the victim or from online records.  The number that the police gets from the Apple product owner is the International Mobile Station Equipment Identity (IMEI).  Once the police gets the IMEI from the victim, they report it to Apple.  Then Apple informs the NYPD of the current location of the device.  Apple can even find out if the IMEI was registered with a different wireless provider.

?We?re looking for ways to find individuals who have stolen Apple products and return the products to their original owners,? stated NYPD spokesman Paul Browne as quoted by the NY Post. ?It is being done to learn the pattern who is stealing.? One iPad was even tracked to the Dominican Republic and was recovered with the help of an NYPD intelligence police officer assigned to Santo Domingo.  Another man was caught selling stolen iPads at a city bus stop.

A lot of the Apple products that were bought on the second-hand market are by people who did not even know that they were stolen.  Even in those cases, the Apple products are returned to the original owner.

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