Musician poses as girl online to get back his lost Apple iPhone 4

Musician poses as girl online to get back his lost Apple iPhone 4
Nadav Nirenberg is a 27 year old musician who lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. A trombonist with punk group Streetlight Manifesto, Nirenberg was in a livery cab on his way Midtown to a New Year's Eve gig when he lost his Apple iPhone 4. We'd imagine that many of our readers would have given up, calling it a signal that the man upstairs wants them to upgrade to the larger 4 inch screen on the Apple iPhone 5. But the next morning, Nirenberg found some email messages on his PC from OKCupid that were responses to messages left to some women by the guy who had found his phone. The thief was even using Nirenberg's picture when conversing with the ladies.

A lightbulb turned on over Nirenberg's head. He had an idea that he was sure would net him his phone back. He and a friend took a picture from Google Images of a young woman revealing some cleavage, and entitled it "Jennifer in BK". The two set up a phony profile for a Jennifer Gonzalez and sent it to his own phone. The crook was interested and arranged to meet at "Jennifer's apartment" which of course, was really Nirenberg's place.

At 7pm, the crook showed up with a bottle of wine, clean shaven and reeking of cologne. He obviously thought he was in for a big evening, and he was, just not for the same reasons he was hoping for. When the thief opened the door, he was tapped from behind by Nirenberg who was wielding a hammer and demanding back his Apple iPhone 4. The criminal turned out to be short and soft-spoken, and immediately returned the handset to its rightful owner. Perhaps not forgetting that this guy did find his iPhone, which at first was merely lost, Nirenberg gave the guy a twenty dollar bill as a reward, which he grabbed as he fled down the hallway.

While the whole thing took only 20 seconds, the musician says that he won't file a charge with the cops because he doesn't want trouble. All he wanted was the return of his phone, which he did get back. "It’s pretty rare to get your phone back," he said. "I feel giddy." And assuming the guy who found his phone had made a few calls with OKCupid, Nirenberg might be busy going out on dates over the next few weeks.

source: NYPost

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31 Comments

1. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

Awesome! Now he can continue to be 3 years behind. Plus...the money he doesn't spend on a current handset can now be used for a decent haircut and some pimple cream.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31104; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I figured there would b something stupid said about this... Congrats on being the first. Grow up man.

5. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

You think "PotDragon" can grow up? LOL anyways, stupid thief!

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31104; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol I highly doubt it.

24. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Hey may need to grow up, but you need to grow some balls, it's not necessary to be politically correct all the time and like it or not everything he said is true

28. opensourceftw

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 01, 2013

Right? Not much more annoying than a message board white knight.

14. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Streetlight Manifesto is the best punk ska band around and it was a clever way to get his phone back. I don't care what phone he has this man is awesome!

22. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 276; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

I love that they cover Bad Religion's Skyscraper. Best cover ever!!!

19. weinerslav

Posts: 126; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

AhAh, I take out my hat to you sir, you're funny! C'mon red thumbs, you may think it's a bit mean but it was funny!

3. adelta90

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

thats brilliant i would never think that way to actually try and get my phone back

6. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Ha! Good job to you sir. Should have hit him with the hammer, just to knock some sense into the fool. Maybe he would have think twice before trying to take something that does not belong to him.

12. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

But the phone was not stolen, it was lost, and who here would not take a perfectly decent iphone just laying there? Dont be childish...

13. dsmboost

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

You can certainly find the owner of a phone simply by looking through the phone a little..It was definitely stolen.

23. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Is there a law that states this or are you making stuff up?

31. dsmboost

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

Seriously? You need a law to force you to be a decent human being?

8. jmoney62987

Posts: 31; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

I always like to read good articles about people getting their phones back.

9. brycdavis

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Dumb...brave, but dumb!

10. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Hmmm, lets see, he lost it, and never even tried asking for it to be returned. If i had found it and was asked politely i would have given it back. If on the other hand i was asked with a hammer i would have smashed it into the floor. Simple as that.

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Trombonist in a punk rock band? Is there something i'm missing about punk rock that has a trumbon-ic sound?

15. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Punk Ska. Listen to "Everything Goes Numb" and you'll instantly understand.

17. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Alright...anything for a new type of music. Which band?

18. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

The one this musician belongs to Streetlight Manifesto. Goldfinger or Reel Big Fish are also other good bands in this genre.

16. waltah

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

So he got back his old phone and now the guy who has it also knows where he lives and has set foot in his place. Wonder what he'll do when that MB on his table or instruments go missing.

20. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

That was a clearly brilliant but albeit foolhardy thing to do, what if the guy who found the phone was some big brute who you gave your address, what if he was a well trained war vet with issues? You people are crazy, thank the lucky stars that nothing went awry and the guy was some wimp and not something else that would have made this story an obituary. Idiots in here think doing things like this is good or heroic, morons with the amount of crazies lurking the streets this was in no way a safe thing to do without the professionals.

21. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

smart guy! This is way more useful than the "find my phone" app.

25. opensourceftw

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 01, 2013

What a total bag of d*cks! He could've at least asked the guy for his phone back before brandishing a freaking HAMMER and threatening the guy! If I was the one whio found his phone I would press charges, there is no excuse for his barbaric actions. It's not like the guy stole it, it was found property

26. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 276; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

hammer wasnt the best idea but the guy who found the phone wasnt exactly a good Samaritan. If you find something of value that isn't yours you have to turn it in to the police. And being a creeper on OKC isn't exactly helping his case either.

29. opensourceftw

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 01, 2013

I'll agree with that, but the guy didn't even try and say like "hey dude, I know you have my phone could you do the right thing and give it back? I'll even kick you a reward. Otherwise I'd hate to get the police involved." Instead of threatening the guy with a hammer. In the "theif"s defense how many of us would turn a found phone in to the cops? I wouldn't, but I would try and contact anyone in the contact list such as "Mom", "dad", "work" etc. After that, sorry, it's mine. I also think most people would just assume they will never see that lost phone again, so it's really not even worth looking.

27. mick25

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

I don't see how this is smart at all. Now the thief knows where he lives.

30. opensourceftw

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 01, 2013

I don't think it's fair to call someone who found property a thief. I do think he should've just reset it back to factory settings, using the owners pic was pretty odd and creepy.

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