U.K. cops steal criminal's iPhone to keep it from locking
posted by Alan F. / Dec 03, 2016, 1:46 PM
Instead of bringing the battle into the judicial system, the U.K. cops decided to take matters into their own hands by mugging a criminal and taking control of his iPhone before the bad guy had the time to lock his handset. What happened, according to the BBC, was that the cops had been investigating a ring that used stolen credit cards to purchase high-priced products, which were eventually sold for cash. The police learned that the gang communicated by using iPhones, and that there was plenty of evidence to be found on the iPhone belonging to the leader of the gang, a man named Gabriel Yew. The latter was known for having his iPhone locked at all times, except when it was being used to make a phone call.
The Metropolitan Police soon hatched a plan. They would follow the suspect around and once he was on a call, the cops would mug him for the iPhone. The plan worked to perfection with one officer given the task of continuously swiping the screen to prevent the unit from locking.
The operation was a success with Yew's phone revealing that he kept track of his illegal activities in a business-like manner. The evidence showed that he had orders for hundred's of blank credit cards. The mastermind was linked to four other suspects who were convicted. He was also traced to 100 other possible suspects. Yew himself pleaded guilty to fraud and weapons charges and was sentenced to five and half years in jail.
We're not sure if such a scheme would work in the U.S. We can imagine that there would be a number of judges and defense attorneys who might frown on the idea of the cops doing something that they are sworn to try to prevent.
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source: BBC via BGR
Gotta give them.credit there.
posted on Dec 03, 2016, 2:23 PM 20
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No they did not steal it. They confiscated it. It's law enforcement you sheep.....how stupid can you be to protect criminals, murderers and terrorists, to protect your own pathetic boring lives......
posted on Dec 03, 2016, 4:43 PM 1
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Law enforcement have guidelines and protocols too you idiot.....they can't just take whatever they want, even from criminals. "It's law enforcement you sheep.....how stupid can you be to protect criminals, murderers and terrorists, to protect your own pathetic boring lives......" Law enforcement are public servants. Meaning they SERVE us. You shouldn't deify people...... even those who protect you. That only leads to conflicts of interest between citizens and those who have authority. So tl;dr- they're doing their job....nothing more. Is it a dangerous job? Sure. Do they deserve a little gratitude? Maybe. Are they infallible? Hell no... they are just as human as the rest of us.
posted on Dec 03, 2016, 5:31 PM 5
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Good job to the force. I hope their suspect sues them for stealing his iPhone. It would be awesome to watch the look on his face when the judge denies him any damages and slaps him with the maximum sentence possible as he deserves, being scum of the earth.
posted on Dec 03, 2016, 5:04 PM 1
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posted on Dec 03, 2016, 5:34 PM 0
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why all criminals and terrorist uses iphones. I think from now there should be extreme vetting for the people who wants to buy iphones.
posted on Dec 03, 2016, 11:23 PM 0
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I was thinking that if he had hit the power button quickly it should have locked the phone. Just tried it and it works! It even disconnects the call but I guess that he was not quick enough. But then again if they taser you without warning you're screwed because it looks up your motor function. But wouldn't that be illegal?
posted on Dec 04, 2016, 11:11 AM 0
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