“Finder’s Keepers” Defense Fails to Hold Up in Court for iPhone Thieves

Brian Hogan and Sage Wallower, who sold the lost iPhone 4 prototype to Gizmodo, pled no-contest to theft of lost property and have been sentenced to one year of probation, 40 hours of public service, and are required to pay Apple $250 in restitution. Due to the duo’s clean record, they were able to get off without any jail time, but Apple may also choose to seek charges in civil (instead of criminal) court. Considering that Apple has such an impressive legal team, the two should count themselves lucky.

A clumsy Apple employee somehow managed to lose another prototype this past Summer, so if you live in the Cupertino area, keep an eye out for a disguised iPhone 5 in your local bar.


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